Police collect money from IFCO

The Guilderland Police Department has received a check for $60,000 as part of a settlement reached between federal prosecutors and IFCO Systems North America.

In April of 2006, federal and local law enforcement agencies detained 1,181 illegal and unauthorized workers at 45 of IFCO’s pallet plants across the country, including at the company’s facility in Guilderland.

In 2008, the company agreed to pay more than $20 million as part of the settlement, including over $18 million for future law enforcement activities. In its latest round of payments, the company also forfeited $2.16 million for the New York State Police, $120,000 for the Schenectady Police Department, and $60,000 for the Albany County District Attorney’s office.

The company still owes $6 million dollars to finalize the settlement. That payment is due in early 2012.

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