HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - Eight people arrested during a federal
raid at Howard Industries in Laurel will be asked Monday to enter a
plea on charges of using false Social Security and residency
The eight were among 595 suspected undocumented workers taken
into custody in an Aug. 25 sweep by Immigration and Customs
Enforcement agents at Howard Industries. They will be arraigned in
U.S. District Court in Hattiesburg.
The seven Mexicans and one Guatemalan were charged with using
stolen identities, including one who used the Social Security
number of a dead person, to gain employment.
Most of the other undocumented workers were sent to a federal
facility in Jena, La.
Howard Industries makes dozens of products from electrical
transformers to medical supplies.