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Sholom Rubashkin transferred to Otisville federal prison

Defendant Sholom Rubashkin listens to Rodney Heaston, not pictured, with Mechanical Industrial Services, testify during trial at the Black Hawk County Courthouse in Waterloo, Iowa on Tuesday, June 1, 2010. (AP Photo/The Waterloo Courier, Matthew Putney)
Defendant Sholom Rubashkin listens to Rodney Heaston, not pictured, with Mechanical Industrial Services, testify during trial at the Black Hawk County Courthouse in Waterloo, Iowa on Tuesday, June 1, 2010. (AP Photo/The Waterloo Courier, Matthew Putney)

The former Agriprocessors vice president will serve his 27-year prison sentence for bank fraud and other charges at a medium security prison in Otisville, New York.

Sholom Rubashkin, 50, of Postville was transferred to the Federal Correctional Institution Aug. 2, according to an order filed Monday in U.S. District Court. Chief Judge Linda Reade recommended Rubashkin be sent to Otisville, a prison his attorneys requested during his sentencing hearing.

“We are appreciative Mr. Rubashkin has been placed at a facility near his family that can accommodate his religious obligations, Rubashkin’s attorney Guy Cook, of Des Moines, said Monday. “We are hopeful, however, he will be transferred to a lower security facility as the matter is a non-violent offense.”

The prison, located in the southeastern part of the state, has more than 50 Jewish inmates according to some online Jewish news Websites and can meet kosher food requirements of Rubashkin.

A federal jury in November convicted Rubashkin of 86 counts of bank, mail and wire fraud, money laundering and failure to pay livestock providers in a timely manner. The charges came after a May 2008 immigration raid at the Agriprocessors kosher meatpacking plant in Postville where nearly 400 illegal workers were arrested and charged.

Rubashkin has filed an appeal, requesting a new trial last week based on the claim Reade unlawfully presided over his trial and should have recused herself. Cook and his appellate team allege documents acquired through a Freedom of Information Act request reveal Reade was involved in the planning of the raid.

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