Thursday, April 20, 2006


Westboro Manager Arrested In Immigration Raid


A Westboro office was one of several branches of a national company raided by immigration officers Wednesday.


44-year-old Michael Ames of Shrewsbury, the manager of IFCO Systems Westboro office, was one of several people arrested in a crackdown on employers of illegal workers.


Seven executives and hundreds of employees of the crate and pallet manufacturer were taken into custody, as agents raided IFCO offices and plants in at least nine states.


It was the culmination of a yearlong criminal investigation.

Federal prosecutors said the executives conspired to transport, harbor and encourage illegal workers to reside in the United States for commercial advantage and private financial gain.

In addition to Westboro, raids took place at several locations in upstate New York and in Biglerville, Pa., Charlotte, N.C., Cincinnati, Houston, Indianapolis, Phoenix, and Richmond, Va.

If found guilty in a court of law, I say string 'em up by their naughty bits out in the woods and let the animals have them lock 'em up.