POSTVILLE --- The only person to be convicted in a vehicle title scheme that catered to illegal immigrants at Agriprocessors meatpacking plant has been sentenced.
U.S. District Court Judge Linda Reade sentenced Alvaro Julian Garcia Jr., 73, of Burlington, to 60 days in jail followed by two years of supervised release, according to court records.
Authorities allege Garcia registered vehicles that were sold to undocumented workers in Postville between 2004 and 2006.
He pleaded guilty to a single conspiracy to harbor undocumented aliens for financial gain.
Court records list others involved in the vehicle case --- including Hosam Amara.
Amara, 45, was a poultry manager at Agriprocessors who currently is a federal fugitive believed to be living in Israel. He faces harboring charges, according to authorities.
Garcia's defense attorney, John Bishop of Cedar Rapids, said in court records the title scheme was just one thread of a larger network that allowed workers and residents in the meatpacking town to earn a living and remain in the U.S.
Bishop noted that others provided forged Social Security cards, transported illegal immigrants to Iowa and provided them jobs.