Judge accepts guilty plea by car wash chain owner

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PHOENIX (AP) -- A federal judge has accepted the guilty plea of the owner of a Phoenix-area car wash chain who acknowledged turning a blind eye to illegal hiring at his business.

U.S. District Judge Neil Wake on Monday accepted Daniel Lewis Hendon's guilty plea in July to a felony charge of identity fraud.

However, Wake has put off acceptance of Hendon's plea agreement until Hendon's sentencing, which is now scheduled for Nov. 21.

Several managers for Danny's Family Car Wash have said that some managers for the business directed them to rehire workers who had been fired previously.

Those workers were fired after a federal audit found nearly half of the company's 1,900 workers were people not authorized to work in the United States.

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