Illegal alien profiteers admit to greater earnings by skirting legal workers
Thrusting an obscene gesture at American workers, the owner and management of Danny’s Family Car Wash chain gave a wink and a nod to the rehiring of known illegals working at the various Valley facilities.
In conjunction with Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids last August, manager Manuel De Jesus Aldaco entered a plea of guilty to conspiracy charges before Magistrate Judge David Duncan during a Jan. 6 hearing in U.S. District Court.
De Jesus Aldaco is one of over a dozen managers and supervisors who admitted taking part in a scheme to rehire illegal workers and provide them with fraudulent identities.
The indictment (full text — use icon at bottom left to turn pages, audio also included) accused the managers of firing about 900 workers — about half of the company’s workforce — identified in a 2011 government audit as being “unauthorized” to work. The managers with corporate approval, then knowingly rehired many of them under assumed names. De Jesus Aldaco admitted participating in the conspiracy.
De Jesus Aldaco said the company hired legal workers after the illegal alien workers were fired, but the new employees greatly increased the cost of doing business. Unlike the illegal laborers, the legal workers expected to receive breaks and be paid for the full amount of time they were at work, according to the plea agreement.
What a shocking revelation.
The car-wash chain is owned by Daniel Hendon, a former Detroit police officer, who opened the first of the more than 20 carwashes in the 1980’s. Hendon, involved with numerous other business ventures throughout the state, has not been indicted for his role in this blatant disregard of the law.
In July 2007, Seeing Red AZ wrote about Daniel Hendon’s involvement in the formation of a coalition, “Wake Up Arizona!” the intent of which was to oust conservative state legislators who sponsored the Legal Arizona Workers Act [widely known as Employee Sanctions] — claiming the implementation would “devastate” the economy.
At a meeting of the firm’s top-level corporate officers and managers of the individual car washes the discussion centered on how to respond to the increased labor costs. During the meeting, a person identified in court documents as the owner of Danny’s Family Car Wash by the initials “D.H.” stated “he wanted us to bring the old employees back.”
De Jesus Aldaco faces up to five years in prison. As part of his plea agreement, he agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in exchange for a possibly reduced sentence. His sentencing is set for April 7, 2014 before Judge Neil Wake.
Scroll down to 9/09/2013 near the bottom of this page for the list of defendants.