Trump Commutes Kosher Meat Processing Plant Operator's 27-Year Bank Fraud Sentence

Rubashkin, who was manager at the Agriprocessors meat plant in Postville, Iowa, was convicted in 2009 of financial fraud for submitting fake invoices to the plant's bank that made the company's finances appear healthier than they were so that it could borrow more.

President Trump issued his premiere commuted judgment for a federal prisoner, liberating Sholom Rubashkin, the erstwhile owner of the country's biggest kosher meat-processing plant who in 2009 was punished to 27 years in prison for an enumeration of financial crimes.

Bob Teig, who retired in 2011 after serving as a prosecutor and spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Iowa, said Trump's decision to commute Rubashkin's sentence "makes no sense" given Trump's repeated promises to get tougher on illegal immigration.

Rubashkin, father of 10 children, has served eight year of his sentence, which many called excessive in comparison to others convicted on similar crimes, the White House statement said.

Following his conviction, Rubaskin's case became a cause celebre for some former senior Justice Department officials and lawmakers. The commutation is not a presidential pardon - Rubashkin's conviction will stand, as will his terms of release and the restitution payments he will be obliged to pay. Additionally, more than 30 current Members of Congress have written letters expressing support for review of Mr. Rubashkin's case.

"A bipartisan group of more than 100 former high-ranking and distinguished Department of Justice (DOJ) officials, prosecutors, judges, and legal scholars have expressed concerns about the evidentiary proceedings in Mr. Rubashkin's case and the severity of his sentence", the White House statement read.

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The raid on the Agriprocessors plant and Rubashkin's arrest led to the plant's temporary closure, with numerous town's Jews leaving. He was later convicted of bank fraud in federal court.

"After years of getting railroaded by the legal system, Sholom Rubashkin is finally going home thanks to [Trump]", Greenfield said.

Rubashkin's attorneys past year accused prosecutors of improperly interfering with the sale of Agriprocessors and depressing its sale price by millions.

But Obama denied his commutation request August 8, 2016.

An Iowa state jury cleared him of criminal charges he knowingly used underage immigrants.

Allegations arose during that trial that claimed some Agriprocessors supervisors harassed and had sex with female workers in a storage room at the plant. "President Trump has done what is right and just". He pardoned former Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona in August.

  • Adam Floyd