On Dec. 30, 2009, ICE announced that it had reached a non-prosecution agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Texas, and Pilgrim's Pride Corporation to resolve its investigation into the hiring and employment of unauthorized workers at Pilgrim's Pride plants in the Eastern District of Texas. Under the terms of the agreement, Pilgrim's Pride does not admit to any criminal or civil misconduct, but agrees to pay a $4.5 million fine and adopt more stringent immigration compliance practices to ensure a legal workforce. ICE's investigation spanned worksites in Texas, Florida, West Virginia, Arkansas, and Tennessee, and resulted in the conviction of thirty-eight illegal aliens for misuse of a social security number. In light of the government's increased enforcement efforts, employers are encouraged to examine their own workforce compliance programs, refresh HR personnel training on basic compliance procedures, and ensure consistent company-wide immigration practices.