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Black Hills companies pay back thousands to foreign workers

RAPID CITY (AP) -- Four employers in South Dakota's Black Hills have paid back tens of thousands of dollars to foreign workers who paid a Sturgis-based employment recruiter fees that are not permitted by the federal government.

The Labor Department in January said it had ordered Custer State Park Resorts to pay back $93,000 to 72 foreign workers hired for the 2010 tourism season. Three other businesses tell the media they've also been ordered to pay back foreign workers: Xanterra Parks and Resorts, Mount Rushmore KOA and Adoba Eco Hotel.

All of the companies worked with Global Employment Agency, which Scott Kaubisch has shut down in the wake of the investigation that the Labor Department says is continuing.

Kaubisch says he did not exploit workers or mislead companies that hired him.