Map: Uncle Sam's
PHOENIX -- Maricopa County sheriff's deputies and posse volunteers executed three search warrants Wednesday following a nine-month forgery and ID theft investigation into a restaurant chain.
Sheriff's detectives suspect as many as 121 people hired to work for Uncle Sam's since October gained employment by using falsified documents and stolen IDs.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio said many of the victims are local residents.
As many as 50 deputies and posse members attempted to locate 70 suspects currently employed at two restaurant locations, 18913 N. 83rd Ave. in Peoria and 3217 E. Shea Blvd. in north Phoenix, on Wednesday.
Detectives also searched the owner's Scottsdale home office.
Arpaio said the investigation began in October after his office received a tip from a caller. Detectives found 121 discrepancies including multiple names, addresses, no existing records and/or names not matching the Social Security numbers provided.
This was the 73rd workplace ID theft operation conducted by sheriff's detectives.