Identity theft key component of illegal hiring
Maricopa County sheriff’s deputies have raided a Chandler company being investigated in a state employers sanctions case.
Capt. Paul Chagolla says search warrants were served this morning at Legacy Custom Doors & Western Lock, as part of an investigation into possible violations of the state’s law, which bars employers from knowingly hiring illegal immigrants. Ten people were removed from the business by deputies.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said not all of the businesses’ approximately 30 employees were on site Wednesday. Seven people were arrested on felony identity theft charges. Three were taken into custody for being or working in the U.S. illegally. Deputies seized computers, employment records and other documents from the firm, according to a report in the East Valley Tribune.
The raids have brought arrests of individual employees on forgery and identity theft charges, according to Arpaio. Most of the employees arrested in previous raids are suspected of being illegal immigrants using forged documents to get work.
A woman who answered the company’s phone said its owners were not available for comment.
On Sept. 10, 65 employees of the Gold Canyon Candle Co. in Chandler were arrested on suspicion of identity theft and illegal immigration issues. One woman had stolen the Social Security number of a male White House staff member, according to Maricopa County authorities.
Glenn Hamer, President and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry said, “It will be hurtful to our economy if there is a perceived environment that, even if an employer is playing by the rules, using E-Verify and other methods, there could be a raid any time and day. We certainly don’t support what’s going on. This is not something that’s going to make Arizona more attractive for companies looking to relocate here or start a business.”
Is that a fact, Mr. Hamer?