Cleveland – Sixteen years before federal agents raided the facilities of Fresh Mark meat packing in Canton, Massillon and Salem, Ohio – they were taken to court by a terminated employee who claimed she was fired for not going along with falsifying the records of undocumented workers.

The lawsuit obtained by Channel 3 News alleges the company “falsified employee records and social security cards in order to employ illegal aliens in its meat processing business.”

The lawsuit, which was dismissed by a federal judge, laid out a complex operation to land employees even if they were not sanctioned to be in the country.

Saying Fresh Mark “…provided food, clothing, shelter, transportation and translation to the unauthorized workers, and by fraudulently processing and mailing documents they knew were false.”

The company maintains they have an excellent working relationship with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.

Their statement reads in part: “Fresh Mark was the first company in Ohio to partner with Immigration & Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) in the voluntary IMAGE program (ICE Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers). “

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