Guilty plea in Danny’s Car Wash rehiring of illegals

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 car washes 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.


7 Responses to Guilty plea in Danny’s Car Wash rehiring of illegals

  1. not a gray area says:

    One can only hope that the utterance of the initials “D.H” will be enough to bring him to justice.

  2. ZOO says:

    The filth at the Arizona Chamber of Commerce are likely very unhappy. But then, buying-off Republican state legislators (Nancy Barto, Rich Crandall, Adam Driggs, Linda Gray, John McComish, John Nelson, Michele Reagan, Steve Pierce, and Steve Yarbrough) couldn’t stop this one. Let’s hope De Jesus Aldaco sings like a bird and takes Hendon down with him.

    • Dennis O'Brien says:

      I also hope this is just the tip of this insidious iceberg. Owner Daniel Hendon is a former police officer who should be taking the rap before his managers, who were following his orders. And how disingenuous for him to claim that the Employer Sanctions Law would “devastate” the economy.

      He personally benefited from ILLEGAL ALIEN workers and resented the normal expectations of LEGAL workers. I wonder if he thought he should receive full pay for his work and get normal breaks other employees got when he was working as a cop.

  3. Jack says:

    This bad cop/lawbreaker should be behind bars before his employee. Daniel Hendon’s car washes need to be washed up. After reading this and looking over the superb links provided here, I will never again take my cars there.

  4. Clementine says:

    Daniel Hendon lives BIG. He brought his nearly 11,000 sq. ft. Mummy Mountain residence in Paradise Valley 10 years ago for well over $5.5 MILLION. Now with his personal economy “devastated” by having to hire legal workers, this year the property evaluation is a mere $3 Million plus. My heart bleeds.

  5. Tucson Voter says:

    This is thoroughly disgusting on many levels. How interesting that a man who lives like a king worries that paying legal workers will devastate his way of life. Americans need jobs, often even menial ones at car washes. Illegals need to go home. They are costing us in numerous ways from providing health care, education, food programs and welfare. Taking American jobs is the most glaring.

  6. goodyearconservative says:

    If you think that’s bad. John McCain and Jeff Flake’s amnesty bill makes it legal for people like Danny to hire illegal aliens over American workers.