NAPLES-- Some 100 workers from a Naples vegetable and fruit packing plant have pleaded not guilty to charges related to using false IDs for employment.
The case stems from the raid of a packing plant where the workers were detained, most of them presumed to be in the country illegally. The workers did not attend Monday's hearing in Naples.
Immigrant advocates have been critical of the raid by the state's Division of Insurance Fraud. They say the state should focus on employers, when it comes to the unauthorized hiring of immigrants. Authorities say many of the workers at the plant may have been using fake or stolen Social Security numbers.
Using a fake ID to gain employment or to submit a benefit claim is a third-degree felony under Florida law.