PHOENIX - Indictments from an investigation of a Phoenix-area car wash business and its staffing-service provider revealed Monday the company helped illegal workers seek fake identification.
Federal agents served search and arrest warrants Saturday at 16 locations associated with Danny's Family Car Wash and the company's staffing service provider, HR Betty.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said the investigation targets the leaders of the two businesses and that multiple people face charges of criminal immigration fraud, identity theft and financial violations.
Adrian Fontes, an attorney for one of the managers charged in the indictment, said low-level managers were charged in the case and that no owners or corporate officers for the car wash company were indicted. One manager was identified in the indictment as the general manger of operations.
According to the indictments, Danny's Family Car Wash was first notified in early 2011 after an audit revealed that a "substantial percentage" of their employees were working for the company illegally and did not have proper identification to work in the U.S.
The business then terminated 942 illegal workers in April 2011, the papers said.
Soon after, Danny's Family Car Wash began rehiring the same individuals and allowed them to assume "new" identities, and they "affirmatively assisted these unauthorized aliens in obtaining their 'new' identities --sometimes going so far as to help them secure counterfeit identification documents."
On Monday night, Nick Smith, the President and CEO of HR Betty issued the following statement:
“HR Betty is compliant with the law at all times. We have assured our clients that all work as a professional employment organization (PEO) is exactly as described:professional, responsible and accountable."
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