November 1, 2012

News Release

Kansas Corporation admits knowingly hiring illegal alien to run McDonald’s franchise 

WICHITA, Kan. – A Kansas corporation agreed to plead guilty Wednesday to an immigration charge after a federal investigation showed that the manager of one of its McDonald’s restaurants in Wichita was an illegal alien. This announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom, District of Kansas.

This guilty plea agreement resulted from an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s  (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), with the assistance of the Social Security Administration’s Office of Inspector General.

Mc Calla Corporation, a McDonald’s restaurant franchisee with offices in Wichita, was charged Oct. 31 with one felony count of knowingly accepting a fraudulent identification document offered as proof that an employee was eligible to work. As part of the plea agreement, the corp oration agreed to pay a $300,000 fine, and an additional $100,000 forfeiture judgment.

The case is the second time in two months that a Kansas comp any has been charged with knowingly employing illegal workers. In the other case, the owners of two hotels in Overland Park, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo., were charged with knowingly hiring illegal workers for housekeeping jobs.

“ICE is committed to holding businesses accountable when they knowingly hire or retain illegal workers,” said Gary Hartwig, special agent in charge of HSI Chicago. “Employers who willfully violate our nation’s hiring laws gain an unfair economic advantage over their law-abiding competitors. Our goal is to protect job opportunities for the nation’s legal workers and level the playing field for those businesses that play by the rules.”

“Businesses that knowingly hire undocumented workers are putting us all at risk,” said U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom. “They are creating a market place for unauthorized workers who may resort to presenting false documents to gain employment, completing applications for fraudulent benefits and even stealing the identities of legal U.S. workers. Employment is the primary driving force behind illegal immigration. I’m calling on all Kansas employers to strengthen their hiring practices and to help us safeguard this Nation by hiring and maintaining a lawful workforce.”

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is the largest investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security. 

 

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