BY: Bruce Buchanan, Sebelist Buchanan Law



Seaboard Corporation, an Oklahoma-based agri-business, agreed to a $1 million civil settlement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the State of Oklahoma’s Office of the Attorney General to resolve allegations that it hired and employed unauthorized workers and failed to properly complete I-9 forms.

Seaboard Corporation operates a pork production plant in Guymon, Oklahoma, through its subsidiary Seaboard Foods L.L.C. The settlement agreement requires Seaboard to pay $750,000 to ICE and $256,000 to the State of Oklahoma’s Office of the Attorney General. An investigation showed the Guymon plant hired and employed unauthorized workers with respect to the time period 2007-2012 and failed to properly complete I-9 forms. Additionally, the investigation looked into allegations that healthcare claims for certain Seaboard employees, who were enrolled in a private health insurance plan provided by Seaboard, were improperly submitted to the Oklahoma Medicaid Program with respect to the same time period, 2007-2012.

If you want to know more information on issues related to employer immigration compliance, I recommend you read The I-9 and E-Verify Handbook, a book I co-authored with Greg Siskind, and available at http://www.amazon.com/dp/0997083379