Settlement reached with wreath manufacturer

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine's U.S. Attorney says he has reached a settlement agreement with a manufacturer of Christmas wreaths targeted during an investigation into the work status of company's employees.

The U.S Attorney says Worcester Resources will pay a total of $25,000 over three years after the status of some of its employees to work in the United States could not be confirmed between 2005 and 2007.

The company hires up to 500 temporary employees to make Christmas wreaths and ornaments. In 2007, Worcester Resources terminated 101 employees who were unable to clarify their status through the state's E-Verify System.

But the company brought back six of those employees for several additional weeks of work, prosecutors say.


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