Executives at a Beardstown, Ill., cleaning company were arrested Wednesday on federal charges that they hired illegal immigrants and helped them steal the identities of U.S. citizens.

Federal immigration agents arrested Gerardo Dominguez, the plant manager for Quality Service Integrity Inc., and Maria del Pilar Marroquin de Ramirez, the company's personnel administrator. The charges against the two Beardstown residents include aggravated identity theft.

Quality Service Integrity is a contractor that cleans a Cargill meat-processing plant in Beardstown, a town of about 6,000 in Cass County, about 115 miles north of St. Louis.

Authorities also charged 25 other Quality Service Integrity employees with identity theft, and have arrested 11 of them. The 13 employees who were arrested were scheduled to appear in federal court today. Another 49 workers were taken into custody as illegal aliens.

Officials claim Dominguez had access to several assumed identities, which he provided to new employees.

Authorities say one informant, who wore a recorder, told plant officials his documents were fake. Dominguez and others allegedly told him and other informants to get better documents, saying good counterfeits were available in Chicago and providing them information for false identities.

This is an Associated Press article posted on STLtoday.com.