EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — Two southern Illinois businesses have agreed to forfeit $50,000 to the federal government after they admitted harboring illegal immigrants.

Behrmann Meat Processing and Behrmann Yorkshire Farm pleaded guilty last week in federal court in East St. Louis.

Owner Dennis Behrmann admitted he knew the workers were in the country illegally and continued to employ them. Clifford Behrmann admitted he rented a house on the farm’s property to one of the workers.

As part of their guilty pleas, the companies also agreed to pay a $5,000 fine. Additionally, the owners agreed to allow employment compliance inspections and to participate in compliance training.

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