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Raids at Poultry Plant Aimed at Undocumented Workers

Scores of suspected illegal immigrants have been arrested in a raid on a southwest Ohio poultry plant.

Authorities say the Koch Foods facility in Fairfield has been under investigation for two years. Special Agent Brian Moskowitz with U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement says it's the plant's "pattern and practice" to hire undocumented workers.

A Koch Foods human resources manager says he terminated 150 workers after learning they were not in the country legally, and he complains that federal authorities have ignored requests to work with him so he could stay on top of the issue.

With more than 30 years of journalism experience in the Greater Cincinnati market, Ann Thompson brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her reporting. She has reported for WKRC, WCKY, WHIO-TV, Metro Networks and CBS/ABC Radio. Her work has been recognized by the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2019 and 2011 A-P named her “Best Reporter” for large market radio in Ohio. She has won awards from the Association of Women in Communications and the Alliance for Women in Media. Ann reports regularly on science and technology in Focus on Technology.