Chandler firm thought to be in violation of employer sanctions law

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?

6 Responses to Chandler firm thought to be in violation of employer sanctions law

  1. Richard says:

    Great work Sheriff. This is exactly what 80% of Arizona voters want. Immigration law enforcement. Hamer is out of touch. If the entrepreneur cannot figure out how to make a profit legally then he should not be in business in the first place, he already failed.

    Felony I.D. charges. Excellent work law enforcement. Thank you for protecting the citizens.

    Didn’t I hear a blurb on the radio Tuesday that we got our first employer conviction under the Fair and Legal Employment Act? Anybody have anything on that?

  2. Ron says:

    Hamer sold Republicans down the river when he left his state GOP executive director post, and took up his duties at the AZ Chamber. His first order of business was to preside over the endorsement of Democrat Janet Napolitano for governor, showing his ability to drop his principles in order to betray his party for a buck. Swell guy.

  3. Ajo Joe says:

    I also remember that shameless escapade, Ron. Hamer’s words ring hallow with anyone with a lick of sense.

    The important issue here is that Sheriff Joe Arpaio is a stalwart when it comes to doing his job. A lesser man would have played to the AZ Republic, hoping for an endorsement. Arpaio knows the real endorsement comes with the votes he gets from the county citizens, who approve of his efforts. I applaud him and County Attorney Andrew Thomas, for doing the job they were elected to do.

  4. Ben F says:

    Let’s not look to Hamer for any instruction on what is or is not appropriate. His sorry unethical actions while Republican Party Executive Director preclude his having any standing on that issue.

    Sheriff Arpaio is doing what over seventy percent of his constituents want done – and it is consistent with his Oath to uphold the Conatitution and the Laws of Arizona.

  5. Kelly says:

    Keep up the good work, Sheriff, Arpaio. You’ve got my vote again.

  6. SherriAZ says:

    If this company used E-Verify, I’ve yet to hear about it. I do not buy into the party line that they did not know that they had illegals in their midst. Maybe if the HR Manager had noticed that the applicant needed a TRANSLATOR when applying or that the application was TYPED, then the company wouldn’t be in this fix. They probably advertised- anonymously as many are now doing- for “bilingual” support staff so that someone could talk to their “totally legal workforce.”

    Sheriff Joe can raid almost every landscaping, contracting, painting, drywall, janitorial, manufacturing, warehousing and food service company in the Valley and find illegals on a daily basis. I applaud the crackdowns, but we need more and we need consistency so that illegals will continue to leave our state.