Doughnut company sentenced in immigration case

HOUSTON (AP) - A federal judge has ordered stiff sanctions against a Houston-based doughnut maker for harboring illegal immigrants.

U.S. District Judge Ewing Werlein Jr. sentenced Shipley Do-Nut Flour and Supply Co. on Friday to pay a criminal fine of $250,000 and forfeit $1.3 million to federal immigration officials.

According to a statement from the U.S. attorney's office in Houston, Werlein also placed Shipley under court supervision for three years.

The company pleaded guilty, through its president Lawrence Shipley III, to conspiring to harbor illegal immigrants in September 2008. Three former and current Shipley plant managers also pleaded guilty to hiring or continuing to hire illegal immigrants.

Prosecutors also said that as part of a plea deal, the company implemented new procedures to prevent future federal immigration violations.

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