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April 28, 1992 | DARYL KELLEY
A foreman at a Ventura County flower ranch where Mexican workers were allegedly enslaved during the 1980s pled guilty Monday to four labor and immigration charges, becoming the first of 11 defendants to enter pleas in the case. David Pinzon, 25, who still works at the Somis and Moorpark ranches of Edwin M. Ives, faces up to 11 1/2 years in prison after entering his pleas before U.S. District Judge Consuelo B. Marshall in Los Angeles. "One down and 10 to go," said Assistant U.S. Atty. Carol L.
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April 14, 1992 | DARYL KELLEY
A federal court judge on Monday rescheduled a hearing at which a Ventura County flower rancher charged with enslaving Mexican laborers is expected to plead guilty to corporate racketeering and to agree to pay $1.5 million in back wages to former workers. U. S. District Judge Consuelo B. Marshall reset the Los Angeles hearing for April 27 for Edwin M.
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November 21, 1992 | DARYL KELLEY
A 66-year-old Oxnard man was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison Friday for smuggling hundreds of Mexican workers to a Somis flower ranch, where they were paid sub-minimum wages and claimed to have been kept as virtual slaves. U.S. District Judge Consuelo B. Marshall also ordered Mauro Casares--who admitted charging each worker $435 for transportation and phony immigration documents--to pay $13,443 in restitution to the workers. Casares, convicted of four felonies, pledged to surrender Jan.
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May 9, 1992 | DARYL KELLEY
Two more foremen at a Ventura County flower ranch, where Mexican workers were allegedly enslaved during the 1980s, pleaded guilty Friday to two felony immigration charges Friday, bringing to seven the number of defendants in the case who have admitted to crimes. Alvaro Ruiz and Jose Sandoval, who helped run the Somis and Moorpark ranches of Edwin M. Ives in the 1980s, entered pleas before U.S. District Judge Consuelo B. Marshall in Los Angeles.
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December 31, 1990 | Text compiled by Times staff writer Gary Gorman
It was an improbable, incongruous story for an Easter Sunday. At a flower ranch in the pastoral town of Somis, Mexican workers claimed they had been imprisoned as slaves, required to work 16-hour days and forced to spend their meager wages at a company store with hyper-inflated prices. A federal grand jury indicted ranch owner Edwin M. Ives, six ranch foremen and an alleged smuggler, charging that they had enslaved more than 100 Mexican laborers. All have pleaded innocent.
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April 7, 1994 | FRED ALVAREZ
Farm workers and their advocates gathered in Oxnard on Wednesday to protest a reduced sentence handed down earlier this week to a Somis flower rancher originally charged with enslaving farm workers. U. S. District Judge Consuelo B. Marshall changed the three-year prison sentence of Edwin M. Ives, 57, to one year in a halfway house and two years of house arrest under electronic surveillance.
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January 10, 1991 | DARYL KELLEY
A federal magistrate refused Wednesday to jail flower rancher Edwin M. Ives and two of his employees who are charged with enslaving Mexican laborers at Ives' Somis compound during the 1980s. Prosecutors argued that after Ives was indicted for slavery in May, the rancher, foreman Pedro Pinzon and ranch employee Alvaro Ruiz conspired to threaten and bribe witnesses in the case. But U. S.
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March 3, 1994 | PANCHO DOLL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A festival featuring Chicano films kicks off Friday at Oxnard College in what organizers hope will become an annual event. Their first attempt isn't a small one--15 films over five days-- everything from the murals of Diego Rivera to documentaries on the United Farm Workers to surveys of Aztec ruins. There's even a movie titled "Low and Slow: The Art of Lowriding."
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July 26, 1990 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Department of Labor filed suit Wednesday seeking the back wages of an estimated 400 Mexican laborers who were allegedly held against their will and forced to toil for long hours by a Somis flower rancher. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, names the Griffith-Ives Co. of Somis and Edwin M. Ives, owner of the 50-acre ornament flower and greenery ranch.
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