The latest news concerning the U.S. government's raids on Swift & Co. employees involves a federal grand jury's decision to indict 53 former workers. The charges involve aggravated identity theft and related charges. The plant in focus is Swift's Cactus, Texas, meat-processing plant.

According to U.S. Attorney Richard B. Roper, all 295 workers detained during the raids on six Swift Plants in December had "assumed" identities. However, the U.S. Attorney's office determined that amount of prosecutions would simply overwhelm the area's legal system. Consequently, the U.S. Attorney considered such things as the individual's criminal records or a past deportation, to determine who to prosecute. The other individuals have been or will be deported, says Roper.

Each of the 53 indicted face at least five years in jail and a fine of up to $250,000; reports the Most of those individuals face additional charges that could add two years or more to their sentences if convicted. In the end, some could face prison terms in excess of 10 years because of multiple felonies.
 Source: U.S. Attorney's office,