Maricopa County sheriffs raided a sanitation business with multiple locations, one in El Mirage and the other in Youngtown, in an effort to eliminate identity theft and fraud. Between 40-50 deputies with search warrants conducted both raids. The first raid took place at facilitated owned by Parks & Sons of Sun City, early Friday morning.
The company came under suspicion several months ago when authorities received anonymous tips from several workers that employees were running an identity theft ring. Authorities were looking for seven suspects, who are also illegal immigrants, and were able to capture all including one who tried to jump over a fence in an effort to escape. Investigators spoke with about 40 employees at the El Mirage location and retrieved information on the seven suspects; there’s others they are still waiting to obtain information on.
The other raid occurred at the headquarters of Parks & Sons, in Youngtown. Authorities reported that everyone was cooperating and the operation was running smoothly. Authorities are still investigating if Parks & Sons knowingly hires illegal immigrants to haul the city’s industrial waste. Deputies are still looking for several employees suspected of committing identity theft.
The raids were under the leadership of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was his usual verbose self, claiming “With the new law, I’m going to put [undocumented immigrants] in jail. It gives me the authority now to arrest those that we have no other crime on.”