Suspected illegal immigrants arrested following investigation into restaurant

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- Four employees at a Chandler restaurant were arrested Thursday for allegedly using fake identification to gain employment.

Deputies with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at La Casa Blanca after receiving information through Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s illegal immigration hotline that the restaurant had employed illegal immigrants.

According to MCSO, five of La Casa Blanca’s 35 employees are suspected of being in the country illegally.
Deputies were able to arrest four of the suspects, and are currently working to apprehend the other individual.

“Identity theft is a serious problem for the victims of these crimes,” said Arpaio. “In addition, the arrest of these illegal aliens working with fake names and false social security numbers opens up employment opportunities for those who are in the country legally.”

Thursday’s arrests were the 65th operation conducted by the Sheriff’s Criminal Employment Unit. The operations have resulted in 635 arrests, 455 of which were illegal immigrants using fake or stolen identification to gain employment.

Just this week, the MCSO has arrested 40 suspected illegal immigrants. All suspects have been booked into jail on felony charges.