PHOENIX - Ten people were arrested after the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office served search warrants on a Valley restaurant chain Wednesday afternoon.
According to an MCSO news release, upwards of 50 deputies and posse volunteers served the warrants at two restaurant locations belonging to Uncle Sam’s along with the business owner’s Scottsdale home.
The operation was an attempt to locate 70 ID theft suspects at the restaurant’s locations in Peoria and Phoenix.
MCSO says this is the result of a forgery and ID theft investigation where as many as 121 people hired to work for the company since last October gained employment using falsified documents and ID theft.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio said the investigation began in October after his office received a tip describing the hiring of several people using false identification documents to get jobs.
On Thursday, MCSO said 10 people were arrested during the operation. One of those arrested was also charged with auto theft after an outstanding warrant was discovered.
Arpaio said many of the ID theft victims are local residents and several have agreed to help prosecute the suspects.
All the suspects were booked into the 4th Avenue Jail.
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