Former Glenns Ferry farm foreman pleads guilty

Thursday, April 18, 2024

April 15, 2024, Boise – Ernesto Garibay Garza, 62, of Alamo, Texas, pleaded guilty to extorting H-2A agricultural workers and tax fraud, U.S. Attorney Josh Hurwit announced Monday.

According to court records, Garza worked as a supervisor and foreman of farm workers at F.D.C., an agricultural services company that operates farms throughout Idaho, including in Glenns Ferry. F.D.C. employed H-2A agricultural workers each year from approximately March to November. Between at least 2005 and 2019, and while he served as a supervisor and foreman, Garza was responsible for preparing and submitting payroll timesheets for H-2A workers based upon the number of hours worked. Garza was also responsible for assigning various tasks and projects to the workers that he supervised.

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