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Company Targeted in Immigrant Raid Agrees to $80,000 Fine

Company Targeted in Immigrant Raid Agrees to $80,000 Fine

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A Provo company that was the target of a raid by immigration agents last year has agreed to be fined 80 thousand dollars for harboring illegal aliens.

Champion Safe Company principal owner and president Ray Crosby pleaded guilty in behalf of the company yesterday before U-S Magistrate David Nuffer.

Federal prosecutors agreed in the plea bargain to recommend the 80 thousand dollar fine and three years probation.

Immigration agents raided the business in February 2003 and detained 107 employees, most of whom were from Mexico. None were prosecuted, but most were deported.

Prosecutors said evidence showed the company knew it was hiring undocumented workers.

Crosby referred questions to his lawyer, Anneli Smith, who said the company intends to fully comply with the law.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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