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Sheriff Joe's Workplace Raid Nets Seven Arrests

Sheriff Joe's Workplace Raid Nets Seven Arrests

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, right, talks with actor Steven Seagal, who was visiting the sheriff, after holding a news conference announcing his latest crime suppression illegal immigration operation sweep at the Maricopa County Sheriff's Training

Arizona Daily Star

February 04, 2011

MARICOPA COUNTY, AZ – Maricopa County sheriff’s deputies Thursday made seven arrests on suspicion of identity theft at a rebar manufacturer in Phoenix near Sky Harbor International Airport.

Nearly 30 deputies and investigators raided Great Western Erectors just after 4 p.m. Investigators searched for employment documentation and seized records relating to 28 suspected undocumented employees.

MCSO personnel were questioning about 13 employees. Officials said they expected more employees on site, but severe weather in Dallas delayed paycheck shipments, so many workers did not show up to collect their paychecks.

“We will follow up on this and see if we can track down those that were told not to come because of the paychecks,” Sheriff Joe Arpaio said.

Tim McKnight, a supervisor for the company, has worked in the Phoenix area for the past three years.

“This is all kind of a surprise to me,” he said. “I know they check, they are real thorough about that,” adding that Great Western Erectors used E-Verify and made employees file new I-9 forms at the beginning of the year.

Ongoing investigations could lead to the arrest of nearly a third of the manufacturing company’s employees.

“It will hurt, but we have 200 applications right now,” McKnight said.

Investigators received a tip that the business employed undocumented immigrants from a former employee, officials said.

Deputies have also arrested two other employees on outstanding warrants unrelated to identity theft.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago


    way to go Joe, If I was in Arizona, you'd have my vote!

  • Car_004_max50


    about 3 years ago


    LOVE IT!!!!!!!!! Identity Theft.... LMAO......way to think outside the box!!!!! GO JOE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago

    GO SHERIFF JOE!!!!! I may have moved away from Maricopa County BUT I still support you Sheriff Joe!!!!!!

    Taylorguy123 -- Doesn't say where you live on your profile. Do you live in Maricopa County? Ever try to get a job in Maricopa County? I have and it is NOT just day labor the illegals take. They work for 50-1.50 per hour and the employers take advantage of the illegals not being able to go to the authorities so everyone looses. Sheriff Joe has no problem with the people coming to America as long as they do so LEGALLY. Sheriff Joe is one of the best out there. GO SHERIFF JOE!!!!!!!!!!

  • Pug_max600_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Break out seven pair of pink boxers for the newbies. Go Joe. Get your MO JOE working.

  • Image0001_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Joe and Steven Seagal rock!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago

    Damn Taylor WTH? Seems Sheriff Joe actually makes a difference in handling criminals that 1) makes thier time harder and more undesirable 2) saves the most tax dollars (i.e. making them pedal bikes to watch t.v.) 3) does not back down to political pressure and maintaines his attitude of "they are criminals and deserve no walk in the park for thier time" Its all good though as you said, just your opinion. On a unrelated note Steven Segal kicks major A$$ man his showed rocked. Whooo! My mom has a crush on him the size of Texas. yuk

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago

    Wow Joe arrested some hardened mexican day laborors. I bet the cartel activity plummets now. Yeah right.
    Anything to keep his face in the news without really doing anything. I will be glad when the Feds nail him.
    Just my opinion

  • Snoopy_6_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Sheriff Joe keeps going just like the Energizer Bunny. Way to go Sheriff Joe...

  • Robert_meyers_3_max50


    about 3 years ago



  • O_s_max50


    about 3 years ago


    we need him down here in Tucson! good job sheriff

  • Photo_user_banned_big


    about 3 years ago


    Snow storm my ass...I live in Dallas...It was a CLUSTER F***. sub freezing temps for 4 days, 2 days of ice storms to make 3+ inches of solid, unmelting ice on...well, everything including the roads and then we had a 6+ inch snow storm....yeah, Dallas got F'ed in the A. We're just now recovering with the first day the temp was above freezing in a while.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago

    Good work Sheriff Joe, nicely done! Now am I the only one confused about what any of this has to do with Steven Seagal?

  • 2011_range_day_2-19-10_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Kudos to all the brothers and sisters of Maricopa SO, and their fearless leader!

  • Rip_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Joe may be brash and push the envelope, but his actions net results! I love this guy!

  • Apex_20pd_20fb_2001012138_1_


    about 3 years ago



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