March 8, 2011
‘American Greed’ episode to feature Sholom Rubashkin
Jailed former Agriprocessors official Sholom Rubashkin will be featured on an episode of the CNBC series “American Greed.”
The March 23 episode of the cable TV network series will tell the story of the failed kosher meatpacking plant in Postville, Iowa, according to the Gazette of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The episode is being billed with the tagline “The head of a kosher slaughterhouse uses unorthodox methods to make money.”
Rubashkin, 51, is serving a 27-year prison sentence and was ordered to pay $26 million in restitution after being convicted in November 2009 on 86 counts of financial wrongdoing. He was the highest level executive of the plant to be prosecuted following a May 2008 immigration raid that led to the arrest of nearly 400 illegal workers, most of whom were deported.
The plant went bankrupt in late 2008 and has since reopened under new ownership as Agri Star Meat and Poultry.