Government Dismisses Immigration Charges Against Reb Shalom Mordechai


aaron-rubashkin-and-shalom-mordechai[See important note below.] [Update below.] [Click here for the documents.] The government has dismissed all immigration charges against Reb Shalom Mordechai Rubashkin, a former vice president of Agriprocessors.

The bail hearing yesterday in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids followed Reb Shalom Mordechai’s conviction last Thursday on 86 counts of financial fraud. His attorneys have argued that he should be allowed to remain free on bail until he is sentenced.

Reb Shalom Mordechai had been faced with another trial on 72 immigration charges in Sioux Falls, S.D., on December 2, but now it has emerged that the government has dismissed those charges.

Judge Linda Reade said she will rule on the bail soon. A sentencing for the conviction on financial fraud charges is not set.

Update, 12:20 p.m.: Today’s motion by the government to dismiss the 72 immigration charges was based on the conviction in the fraud trial. The jury’s verdicts in the fraud trial were somewhat based on Reb Shalom Mordechai knowingly making false statements to the bank about harboring illegal workers at Agriprocessors, the motion contends.

The motion also cites a conviction on the 72 counts would be “eclipsed” by the sentencing guidelines for the fraud counts.

The motion to dismiss will have to ruled on by a judge before the charges can officially be dropped.

The government also wants the charges against Agriprocessors dismissed because the company has gone through bankruptcy, which means no forfeiture for criminal restitution and Agriprocessors as a company ceases to exist.

 Note: The waiving of the immigration charges is less significant that it seems, according to a person familiar with this case with whom we spoke. The government – specifically Judge Reade – is preparing to hand down the sentence for the fraud case, and this is just a prelude to that. Supporters of Reb Shalom Mordechai continue to hope for the best, however. Tefillos may be said for Reb Shalom Mordechai ben Rivkah.

{Noam Newscenter}


  1. If this is true, it is unbelieveable!!! Chasdei Hashem, ki lo somnu. May the real Judge, the Aibishter free him from all the tzoros he has. Hopefully, they can appeal the first part. Should we keep sending letters??? Please let us know. I have not slept in nights from agmas nefesh for this heiliger yid.

  2. So is this judge Reade bouncing around R’SM like a yoyo??? Is this what she wants to do? Put up his hopes, and then bust them again? I am a little confused.

  3. from the documents asking for a dismissal

    In the governmentÂ’s estimation, now that defendant has been convicted on the
    most serious offenses charged in the pending indictment (in terms of potential
    penalties), and given that a jury has determined defendant committed crimes by making
    false statements about the harboring of undocumented aliens at Agriprocessors, Inc.,
    and his knowledge of undocumented workers at Agriprocessors, Inc., dismissal without
    prejudice of Counts 1 through 72 and the forfeiture allegation is the most appropriate
    and efficient manner in which to proceed in this case. Dismissal will avoid an extended
    and expensive trial, conserve limited judicial and prosecutorial resources, and lessen
    the inconvenience to witnesses.

  4. If the raid was illegal, then the bank fraud & wire fraud, etc was obtained through an illegal raid & must be thrown out.

  5. They made the raid to pull the rug out from under him, causing the business to go bust and causing him to default on the loan– which then brings the fraud to the forefront. they then prosecute him for the fraud FIRST then they don’t need to prove the immigration charges bec they already got him locked up on the fraud. THIS IS AN OUTRIGHT LIBEL BECAUSE THERE IS NOW NO LEGITIMATE REASON FOR THE CASE TO START. The bank should now sue the gov for making a raid and causing the company to default on the loan for no legitimate reason, bec even if there was fraud the only reason for the bankruptcy was the raid.

  6. Would there be anything wrong with asking Hakodosh Boruch Hu to cause a tragic mapoloh to
    fall on this judge (judgess?) if she starts to
    utter the wrong words at the ruling, so that she would not be able to finish?

    If G-d knows that she is corrupt and anti Jewish, and therefore would do anything like that, I am mispallel that that should indeed occur.