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PHOENIX -- Four people were arrested Wednesday after deputies with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office conducted a workplace criminal enforcement operation at a business in north Phoenix.
Deputies investigated Sonoran Doors at 21002 N. 19th Avenue after receiving a tip from a former employee that several employees might be using fake identification.
After combing through employment records, deputies determined that employees were using false identification to obtain employment.
The four individuals arrested on Wednesday were booked for identification theft.
Wednesday’s operation was the 64th such investigation since 2008, said Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Arpaio added that 631 of the suspects arrested during the 64 operations were illegal immigrants, and 80 percent were charged with identity theft.
Following Wednesday’s arrests, Sheriff Arpaio also took a moment to address President Obama’s deferred action program, which will allow young, undocumented immigrants to live and work in the United States.
“Officials overseeing this new program have cause for concern,” said Arpaio. “Identity theft is a huge problem in the workplace. Mark my words. Someone will figure out how to manipulate the new deferred action program to his or her benefit.”