April 14, 2011, - 12:35 pm

McDonald’s Franchise Ran Stolen ID Biz to Hire Illegal Aliens

By Debbie Schlussel

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.

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16 Responses

I’ll have a Big Mac, and a side order of Mexicans, please!

Jonathan Grant on April 14, 2011 at 12:49 pm

The instant check of a potential employee’s nationality and that fence along the border are bad ideas because…………?

Tanstaafl on April 14, 2011 at 1:14 pm

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A muslim women left her children and she says it is not our business to know why she left her children. She made us spend our tax dollars and she left her kids.
i have a feeling it is a lover involved. somebody must get the reason out

raj on April 14, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Raj, I’ve been wondering about that story myself. I didn’t realize she was a Muslim, but I was listening to the news on the radio yesterday and they kept telling the story that she had been found, that she apparently left her family voluntarily, that she absolutely did NOT want her husband to know where she was and that the police were going to wash their hands of this investigation. OBVIOUSLY this woman wants to get away from her husband pretty badly. I wouldn’t jump to the conclusion that she ran off with another man, however. Now that I know she’s a Muslim, I’m more inclined to believe that she ran away from an abuser, which was my first thought when I heard that she absolutely did NOT want anyone to know where she is or where she’s been. At this point her husband will probably feel justified in doing an “honor killing” because she has embarrassed him publicly.

    DG in GA on April 15, 2011 at 11:00 am

Bye, bye, Miss American Pie, Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry…It’s over, America. Turn out the lights.

JeffT on April 14, 2011 at 4:18 pm

We can’t have mexicans working at McD’s. They’ll change the ingredients in the Big Mac “secret sauce” and destroy the whole company!

CornCoLeo on April 14, 2011 at 4:40 pm

While I am agaist illegal immigration and the crime rings that enable it in both sides of our border, when I read idiotic racist comments like corncoleo’s (and many others) I can’t help my blood boil a bit.

You see, here in Mexico we have hundreds of McDonald’s restaurants ran by mexicans, and they are fine, thank you. No need to change any “secret ingredient” to what must be the worst hamburger recipe on earth.

I understand that you and some others are fed up with illegal immigration. I would be if I was in your pants.

But being born by change on a privileged country doesn’t make it right to look at others over the shoulder or to blab idiotic demeaning nonsense about people you don’t even know. Rather than making you cool, those statements out you as the ignorant racist you are.

Luis from Mexico on April 14, 2011 at 6:35 pm

Hmmm a Peruvian and Mexicans of all stripes. Stealing “alledged” identities. A MickeyD’s (or several) would be an easy way to launder lots of narco cash without arousing too much suspicion.

Meat thinks there’s more to this than meats the eyes.

MonicaMeatPhlaps on April 14, 2011 at 7:02 pm

your kidding right? go up 35 thru tx to mn and then east to cleveland- i dare you try find a mcdonalds where the workers not talking spanish (northern half of iowa and il and in especially)than go down to tn and west back to memphis(ar part of mexico?) and south down 55 thru ms and than west thru la.- same thing

markcon on April 14, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    Mark, I have to differ with you on that one. I spend a lot of time driving in Mississippi and Louisiana for business, and I almost NEVER see anyone working at a McDonald’s who isn’t black. I believe you on Texas, but not the I-55 corridor.

    I live in suburban Atlanta and we have some McDonald’s around us where all of the employees are Mexican, others where they are pretty much all black and some where they are all white. And these restaurants are within a five mile radius of each other. I don’t know if that reflects the ethnic background of the franchisee or not, but the ethnic makeup of the communities they serve is pretty much white, so they aren’t high school kids working after school, for the most part.

    DG in GA on April 15, 2011 at 11:05 am

I say that this is occurring at franchise level of the McDonald corporation but I will not say that they are completely innocent the big wigs at the corporate headquarters. To me this is more like the corporate types will spend money to hire a PR firm to say that they do not knew about this and then start a hispanic friendly commercials saying that McDonald’s is not racist.

I just think this is not just occurring at McDonalds but anywhere minimum wage is the prevailing pay rate. I still would like to know why liberals do not want E-verify as a method of finding out who is illegal or not.

Mario on April 14, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    Mario, the liberals don’t want E-Verify widely used for the same reasons they don’t want voter identification laws implemented. Because that would curb illegal immigration and illegal voting. And apparently most illegals vote Democrat.

    As for this McDonald’s issue, ever since Ray Croc died the people who run McDonald’s Corporation have allowed the franchisees way too much latitude. So this kind of thing happens which embarrasses the corporation, even though they probably had nothing to do with it. I have seen the decline of McDonald’s over the years because of this, and now they are my LAST choice for fast food, instead of my first.

    DG in GA on April 15, 2011 at 11:10 am

Personally, I’ve always preferred Burger King, Wendy’s & Carl’s Jr

Infidel Pride on April 15, 2011 at 2:08 am


    Luis from Mexico on April 15, 2011 at 12:45 pm

i.c.e. actually did an immigration related investigation? I wonder who in the SAC office or HQ ordered this for a photo op?

IceNoMore on April 16, 2011 at 3:04 am

This is not just McDonalds but all fast food restaurants. Traditionally, teenagers got those jobs. Some say that today’s teenagers are too lazy. But when I visit the McDonalds at the Layton Mall in Utah, they have a mostly teen workforce who are courteous and not afraid to bust their tail. The food is delivered quickly and usually on time. It’s not that they can’t find American teens, it’s that employers prefer an all-Spanish speaking (English as a second language), middle-aged workforce. As unemployment has reached at least 22 million, we must demand that stops!

Boycottmc on July 22, 2011 at 5:29 pm

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