The raid of Fruit Dynamics, a produce packing plant investigation in Florida that resulted in the prosecution of 105 undocumented workers for workers’ compensation fraud, continues to unfold in the public eye. It came to light that over half of the arrested group had never filed a workers’ compensation claim, and criticism emerged that the state was using the Workers’ Compensation Act for immigration enforcement, especially because Fruit Dynamics had been under-reporting payroll and may have had knowledge of the employees’ status. According to recent reports, all of the arrested workers have now been offered a diversion program to eliminate the charges against them, regardless of their specific circumstances (i.e. whether or not they had filed a comp claim using false documentation.) The offer includes a range of six to eighteen months of pretrial diversion. If the worker elects to enter the program, there is a $50 monthly fee for supervision.
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