MSCO deputies raid Phoenix cafe in fraud investigation

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PHOENIX -- Maricopa County sheriff's deputies raided a Phoenix cafe Tuesday morning in connection with a fraud and identity theft investigation.

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MCSO deputies investigating fraud, identity theft at Peppersauce Cafe - Maricopa County sheriff's deputies converged on a Phoenix restaurant Monday morning in connection with a fraud and identity-theft case.

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Deputies arrived at the Peppersauce Cafe at 40th street north of Interstate 10 at about 7 a.m. According to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, five deputies were dispatched serve a search warrant at the Phoenix restaurant. The warrant was related to felony identity fraud.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio says the owner and manager of Pepper Sauce Caf, Denise Kimball, revealed his cooks and dishwashers were illegal immigrants to a group of people at a table with law enforcement officers where a sheriff's deputy was also sitting.

Two suspected illegal immigrants, 26-year-old Erika Lopez and 32-year-old Jose Plascencia, were arrested. They face charges of identification fraud.

Sheriff Joe mentioned that the manager who made the incriminating remarks is the wife of an MCSO deputy sargeant who resigned years ago.