A man who hired workers at a Lindon manufacturing plant has been sentenced to three years probation for hiring illegal immigrants.

Alejandro "Alex" Urrutia-Garcia was sentenced in federal court Thursday to probation, but given no fine. The U.S. Attorney's Office for Utah said that in 2007, Urrutia-Garcia was the director of human resources for Universal Industrial Sales and told a man where he could obtain fraudulent identification to work at the Lindon-based company.

"I worked with DG in an effort to help him illegally obtain employment with Universal in so doing, I encouraged DG to illegally remain in the United States," Urrutia-Garcia said in a statement filed with a plea deal in April.

Urrutia-Garcia did the same with another employee, federal prosecutors said, and did it to assure his continued employment with Universal. His plea deal to a charge of encouraging illegal aliens to reside in the United States illegally includes cooperation with the government, federal prosecutors said.

The company itself was raided in February and 57 workers were detained. Universal Industrial Sales has pleaded not guilty to charges filed against it.

— Ben Winslow