Ralphs indicted in hiring dispute

Ralph’s is the biggest grocery chain in California.

A federal grand jury in Los Angeles indicted the Ralphs grocery chain

Ralphs used fake names and Social Security numbers and falsified thousands of employee records sent to various government agencies to conceal the rehiring effort, the 53-count indictment alleged. The violations reflected "tacit approval, if not encouragement, by Ralphs’ senior management," the indictment alleged.

If convicted on all counts, Ralphs and Kroger could face fines totaling more than $100 million, as well as back pay and restitution for Ralphs workers and their union.

Thursday, alleging that store managers violated federal laws by secretly rehiring nearly 1,000 locked-out workers during the bitter Southern California supermarket labor dispute two years ago.