PHOENIX - Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says he feels he deserves an award for last week's raid of Pei Wei restaurant locations in the Valley.
According to an e-mail from spokesman Brian Lee with MCSO, "Sheriff Arpaio states he feels that he deserves an award for the laws he enforces resulting in putting Americans back to work during rising levels in unemployment."
Pei Wei Asian Diner locations have started putting up "Help Wanted" signs and ads after 27 employees were caught when MCSO was out looking for suspects who stole Americans' identities to work in the U.S.
MCSO detectives continue to look for additional suspects, Lee said.
The 27 employees were arrested for reportedly using false identification to gain employment and it was determined they had also entered the country illegally, Lee said.
Lee said that the Sheriff’s Office was originally looking for 120 employees suspected of using false identification to gain employment. The investigation led deputies to Pei Wei restaurants as well as last known addresses for other employee suspects.
Sheriff's detectives determined that of the 140 identity-theft victims nationwide, in the Pei Wei case, eight were under the age of 12, and four were deceased, Lee said.
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