Posted on January 6, 2005

Company Admits Providing Illegal Workers

KLTV-7, Tyler (Tex.), Jan. 6

McALLEN, Texas—An employment agency falsified forms to get illegal immigrants jobs at the nation’s top producer of U-S military battlefield rations.

A Tollin Group executive yesterday — on behalf of the company — pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to provide false and fictitious statements.

Investigators say San Antonio-based Tollin, doing business as Remedy Intelligent Staffing, was trying to cover up fraudulent employment documents.

The illegal workers were hired by the Wornick Company, which packages high-calorie “meals ready to eat” at facilities in McAllen.

An al-Qaida operative arrested in 2003 was found with information indicating McAllen and Wornick could be targets.

Federal authorities later said no direct link to terrorism was found.

Remedy will pay a 500-thousand dollar fine, 414-thousand dollars in civil penalties and serve five years of probation.