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Feds cracking down on mistreatment of migrant workers

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Feds crack down on worker mistreatment

The U.S. Department of Labor is cracking down on the agricultural industry's treatment of seasonal workers — starting in Florida's green bean fields.

The Department's Wage and Hour Division announced Monday that during March officials investigated complaints in Florida fields and packing houses near Homestead and so far have recovered more than $670,000 for nearly 600 workers. They've levied more than $128,000 in penalties and will continue investigations in Florida and along the East Coast.

Officials are also trying to educate migrant workers about their labor rights, including basic tenets like access to toilets and drinking water. The department says it also wants to ensure that employers who follow the rules are not at a competitive disadvantage against those who break them.

MIAMI

Marine killed during Afghanistan combat

A U.S. Marine from South Florida has been killed in Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense reports that Sgt. Marlon E. Myrie, 25, of Oakland Park died Saturday while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

MIAMI

Doctor gets 20 years for Medicare fraud

A Miami-Dade doctor convicted of pocketing more than $1 million for writing phony prescriptions for unnecessary HIV treatments was sentenced Monday to almost 20 years in prison for his key role in an extensive Medicare fraud conspiracy.

Dr. Rene de los Rios, 72, said virtually nothing at his sentencing as U.S. District Judge Joan Lenard hammered him for violating his medical oath, stealing from the vulnerable government program and disgracing his community.

CRESCENT BEACH

Out of gas, small plane lands on beach

A small plane ran out of gas and had to land on a northeast Florida beach.

Police say Dan Holiday was flying from South Florida to the St. Augustine Airport on Sunday when he was forced to land on Crescent Beach.

Neither the pilot nor his passenger was injured, and neither were any beachgoers.

Times wires

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