MCSO arrests 10 during raid on Chandler door companyPosted: Updated:
CHANDLER -- The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office is investigating a Chandler business for potential employer sanctions violations.
Acting on an anonymous tip, sheriff's deputies served a search warrant at Legacy Custom Doors & Western Lock at Arizona Avenue and Elliot Road Wednesday morning.
During the raid, deputies arrested 10 workers -- seven for felony identity theft charges. An additional three employees were taken into custody for being or working in the U.S. illegally.
Deputies seized computers, employment records and other documents as detectives attempt to learn if company managers knowingly hired illegal workers.
Immigrants' rights advocates are calling it a violation of human rights.
"He is pursuing a misdemeanor and in pursuing that misdemeanor, he's committing a federal crime, which is violation of civil rights," said Elias Bermudez with Immigrants Without Borders.
Legacy Custom Doors employs approximately 30 workers. Of those, sheriff's detectives identified 12 company workers suspected of felony identity theft.
This investigation is the fifth recent investigation into alleged violations of the Legal Arizona Workers Act conducted by the sheriff's office and the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.
According to the sheriff's office, 134 suspects have been arrested on felony identity theft or other charges resulting from these investigations.
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