O’NEILL, Neb. (AP) – Federal prosecutors say a northern Nebraska tomato-growing and packing plant accused of hiring people living in the country illegally has pleaded guilty, as has the owner of an area restaurant accused of supplying illegal workers.
Prosecutors say O’Neill Ventures in O’Neill pleaded guilty to conspiracy to harbor undocumented workers with a plea agreement requiring the company to pay a $400,000 fine and to allow Homeland Security inspectors to review it hiring practices.
John Charles Good, owner of the La Herradura Restaurant in O’Neill, pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting the practice of unlawfully employing undocumented workers. He faces up to six months in prison when he’s sentenced May 29.
O’Neill Ventures was one of several businesses in multiple states raided in August 2018 with more than 130 workers and managers arrested.