1 person convicted, 1 acquitted in immigration case

Special agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) executed a series of criminal arrest warrants in 2018 near O'Neill for various individuals connected to an alleged conspiracy related to the exploitation of illegal alien laborers for profit, fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering in Nebraska and Minnesota.
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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A jury found one person guilty and acquitted another after a trial stemming from immigration raids in northern Nebraska.

The August 2018 raids targeted businesses that officials said knowingly hired -- and mistreated -- immigrants who were in the U.S. illegally.

Mayra Jimenez faces up to 10 years in prison after being convicted Monday in Lincoln of harboring illegal aliens and conspiring to harbor illegal aliens. She'd worked in human resources at a tomato greenhouse operation in O'Neill.

John Glidden was found not guilty of harboring and conspiring to harbor illegal aliens, as well as conspiring to employ illegal aliens. He was the manager of two hog confinement complexes.

The raids led to the detention of 130 workers and company managers and also uncovered a scheme led by Juan Pablo Sanchez-Delgado to provide dozens of workers for local commercial farming operations. Officials said the schemers skimmed off part of the workers' paychecks and didn't pay state and federal taxes.

His sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 27.