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Pilgrim's Pride Pays $4.5M To End Probe

U.S. Attorney's Office says it won't prosecute Pilgrim's Pride for immigration violations after the chicken producer agreed to pay Treasury Department $4.5 million.

DALLAS, Texas (AP) -- The U.S. Attorney's Office says it will not prosecute Pilgrim's Pride Corp. for immigration violations and has dropped an investigation into workers at the chicken producer's plants.

It says the Pittsburg, Texas-based company has in turn agreed to pay the Department of the Treasury $4.5 million and improve processes to screen prospective employees to ensure they are allowed to work in the United States.

In a Wednesday statement, the Attorney's Office says it has closed all immigration investigations into the company and its current or former employees.

In 2008, federal agents arrested 338 Pilgrim's Pride workers, of whom 38 were convicted of misuse of a Social Security number. Some were deported or faced other immigration proceedings.

The arrests were followed with raids of Pilgrim's Pride plants elsewhere, including Tennessee. The U.S. Attorney's Office said Wednesday that all immigration-related investigations into the company and its current and former employees have been closed.

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