Federal grand jury indicts 10 ex-workers from raided plant

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Ten people who worked at a Portland food plant until an immigration raid two weeks ago were indicted on federal charges of possessing fraudulent immigration papers or committing Social Security fraud.

A federal grand jury handed up the indictments Wednesday, and the U.S. Attorney's Office announced them Thursday.

Federal officials detained more than 160 people in the raid June 12 on the Fresh Del Monte Produce plant in an industrial zone of north Portland, and began processing them to be deported.

Three employees of an agency responsible for hiring workers at the plant were indicted on federal charges.

U.S. Attorney Karin Immergut said in a statement that the charges brought Wednesday carry maximum prison terms of 10 years for the illegal immigration documents and 5 years for Social Security fraud.

Eight were charged with both crimes, two with only Social Security fraud.

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