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4 s - - j f '-ltf '-ltf '-ltf Tr-rtifrt Tr-rtifrt Tr-rtifrt i ittrmnJ i m n u APPhon CHARGED Margarethe Kozminski is pictured after her arrest arrest in Ann Arbor Wednesday. She is charged with keeping two middle-aged middle-aged middle-aged farmhands as slaves for more than a decade. Ingham rejected pair charged with slavery A couple charged with holding two retarded men in slavery on their Chelsea dairy farm sought $5.3 million million in Ingham County economic development development funds earlier this year to build a large egg-producing egg-producing egg-producing facility near Stockbridge. The controversial proposal was killed in March after trade unions protested that Ike and Margarethe Kozminski would not agree to pay the "prevailing wage" for construction construction of the facility. Ironically, some Ingham County Board of Commission members wor.ied that, because of the poor economy at that time, the couple could et away with paying "slave wages" to people desperate for work unless the Kozminksi's promised to pay prevailing wages. The 600,000-hen 600,000-hen 600,000-hen operation would have produced 13 million dozen eggs a year, with the Farmer Jack's Markets chain in the Detroit area as its sole or primary customer. STATE REGULATORY agencies have shut down the Kozminskis' Washtenaw County dairy operation at least nine times in eight years. The operation was recently liquidated liquidated and the herd sold at an auction auction in Lake Odessa. Ike Kozminski, 60, and Margarethe, Margarethe, 54, were arraigned in Detroit Detroit Wednesday on one count each of involuntary servitude, and freed on a $50,000 personal bond each. U.S. Magistrate Thomas Carlson ordered the couple to surrender their passports and airline tickets after Assistant U.S. Attorney Virginia Virginia Morgan told the magistrate the Justice Department believed Kozminski, a native of Poland with extensive property holdings in other countries, probably would flee. THE KOZMINSKIS SON John, 30, also surrendered at the U.S. Attorney's Attorney's Office in Detroit Thursday, and was released on a $10,000 personal personal bond after appearing before Carlson on the same charge, FBI special agent Robert L. Mott said. Robert A. Fulmer, 57, and Louis Molitoris, 59, worked 17-hour 17-hour 17-hour days, lived in a trailer with no utilities or toilets, and ate moldy bread and maggot-ridden maggot-ridden maggot-ridden poultry, the FBI said in an affidavit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court. Fulmer had lived on the 450-acre 450-acre 450-acre farm since 1967 and Molitoris since 1972, FBI Special Agent James Riley said in the affidavit. Riley said the pair received no wages during that period except $10 at Christmas and Easter. THE MEN were removed from the farm in August by the Washtenaw Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department, acting on a tip from a farm employee. employee. They were given temporary shelter shelter in the Ann Arbor Salvation Army and have since been placed in foster care by the county Department of Social Services. State Journal Staff Writer Hugh Leach and The Associated Press contributed to this article. Jk turt ' f -111 -111

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  1. Lansing State Journal,
  2. 28 Oct 1983, Fri,
  3. Other Editions,
  4. Page 1

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