COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Lexington County farming operation has paid a $1 million fine for hiring as many as 350 workers in the United States illegally.
Media outlets report HW Group LLC admitted the wrongdoing Thursday in court. A company executive then handed over the check.
HW Group is the land holding entity of Walter P. Rawl & Sons, a 91-year-old farming operation that grows vegetables.
Prosecutors say the farm would give $20,000 a week over six years to a woman who would pay people in the county illegally to work at the farm. The scheme was discovered when a Lexington bank reported the woman making large cash deposits.
The farm also agreed to use the federal worker verification program E-Verify.