PHOENIX - Nine employees of a state-contracted cleaning company were arrested for ID theft along with the manager of the company, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office says.
According to MCSO, they were tipped off to the alleged forgeries by an Arizona Department of Transportation employee after a worker with Upright Commercial Cleaning tried to completely change his name on his ADOT building access card.
Detectives conducted an investigation at several ADOT buildings in the state Capitol complex in Phoenix and arrested nine suspects on charges of forgery.
The manager of the company, a U.S. citizen, reportedly admitted knowing that employees were using fake identification documents. The manager will face a class 2 felony charge for trafficking in identity theft.
MCSO says the other nine suspects are in the U.S. illegally.
On Friday sheriff’s detectives served a search warrant at the company’s office on Thomas Road and found further documentation of potential ID theft and forgery.
During the investigation detectives found that 12 employees of the cleaning company were possibly using false IDs to get jobs.
MCSO says the owners of Upright Commercial Cleaning were cooperative during the investigation and likely had no knowledge of the criminal activity of the manager.
All 10 suspects were booked into jail on Thursday night.
MCSO says since 2008 over 782 suspects have been arrested and booked by sheriff’s deputies for forgery and ID theft.