Tennessee woman charged in illegal immigrant hiring

Tennessee woman charged in illegal immigrant hiring

April 4th, 2009 in Local Regional News

A cheese processing plant supervisor already accused in a civil lawsuit of calling Mexican workers "stupid Indians" and "donkeys" has now been charged with helping illegal immigrants get fake IDs and recruiting them for jobs.

Shanna Dee Ramirez, 36, of Manchester was released on bond in Chattanooga following her arrest Wednesday on federal charges of conspiracy, aiding and abetting Social Security fraud, aiding and abetting aggravated identity theft and perjury. She could not be reached for comment.

U.S. Magistrate Bill Carter set a June 1 trial.

A message seeking comment was left with Ramirez's attorney, federal defender Mary Ellen Coleman.

The March 24 indictment says Ramirez, while working for Durrett Cheese Sales, helped provide false IDs and used them to hire Mexicans she knew were illegally in the United States.

The indictment does not say how many illegal immigrants were involved.