April 14, 2011, - 12:35 pm
What did Micky D’s execs know and when did they know it? And at how many other McDonald’s restaurants was this kind of thing going on? I’ve been a defender of McDonald’s, constantly under attack from Morgan Spurlock and other lefty food police, and this doesn’t appear to be anything the corporation knew about. But I have to wonder if this is just something going on at this particular McDonald’s franchisee or something also going on at other McDonald’s around the nation. What do you think? I guess if someone asks you if you’d like “Los Fries” or “Al-Fries” with that, it might be a hint. Kudos to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents who investigated and uncovered this cabal. It’s interesting–and likely not coincidental–that this comes just days before McDonald’s hosts its “National Hiring Day” (next Tuesday, April 19th).
Three McDonald’s Corp. restaurant managers in Savannah, Ga., were charged Wednesday with selling identities stolen from U.S. citizens to prospective workers, a case that federal authorities say shows the risks employers are increasingly taking to mask the hiring of illegal immigrants.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, said Wednesday that agents executed search warrants at two McDonald’s outlets and the headquarters of McDonald’s-NTG Enterprises, where they seized employee records and other evidence. The Savannah-based company owns and operates six McDonald’s restaurants in the area.
Agents Wednesday arrested managers Oscar Lazo, 51 years old, a Peruvian national; Eva Ramos, 35, a U.S. citizen; and another unnamed manager, a Mexican citizen who was working under a stolen identity, at the restaurants. In addition to the managers, agents arrested nine immigrants at the restaurants and held two Mexican nationals, former employees of McDonald’s in the area, at their homes.
It wasn’t clear how the managers allegedly obtained the allegedly stolen identities.
McDonald’s-NTG couldn’t be reached for comment. Its owner and chief executive, Nina Gompels, didn’t return phone messages left at her office and home. . . .
If convicted on all counts, Mr. Lazo and Ms. Ramos face a maximum statutory penalty of more than 100 years in prison.
You can bet that many businesses across America do this kind of thing. I wonder if Ms. Gompels knew that her employees were doing this. Or was she an innocent victim of greedy managers? Since she was not arrested, perhaps ICE agents believe she did not know. Or perhaps they will sweat out the arrestees for testimony against her. Only time will tell. Stay tuned.
Tags: Eva Ramos, fake id, franchise, Georgia, ICE, Illegal Aliens, Immigration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, McDonald's, McDonald's-NTG Enterprises, Nina Gompels, Oscar Lazo, Savannah, stolen ID