All of the 300 workers at Cleveland, Tenn., Jackson Furniture Industries who were flagged by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement as possible unauthorized workers had provided employment eligibility verification documents before they were hired, the company's director of human resources said.

Most applicants provided a Social Security card and a state-issued photo ID, such as a driver's license, before they were hired, Todd DeLuca said. Others presented documents such as U.S. passports or permanent resident cards.

But an audit this month by immigration officials discovered that hundreds of those hired apparently used fake or stolen IDs to get their jobs.

In one of the biggest employee verification audits against a local company by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, about 245 employees at Jackson Furniture in Bradley County lacked proper documents to prove they could legally work in the United States and were either dismissed by the company or left voluntarily after ICE flagged their paperwork.

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