- Associated Press - Thursday, February 12, 2015

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A 33-year-old man has received a federal prison sentence for hiring several people living in the U.S. illegally to work at his northeastern Iowa grain bin company.

Juan Manzano-Huerta, of Hawkeye, pleaded guilty in August to two immigration law violations for employment during 2012 and 2013 at Manzano Grain Bin Services in Waucoma.

In a plea agreement, Manzano said he didn’t require employees to complete necessary paperwork proving U.S. work eligibility. He also said he brought four people from Colorado to work for him.

In July 2013, a man sustained severe injuries when he was crushed under a collapsed grain bin, prompting immigration officials to investigate the company.

Manzano was sentenced Feb. 5 to 33 months in prison, along with three years of supervised release and a $3,000 fine.

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