On April 13, 2011, two Savannah, Ga.-area McDonald's managers and two McDonald's workers were charged in federal court with conspiring to sell the stolen identities of U.S. citizens. Oscar Lazo, a citizen of Peru; Eva Ramos, a citizen of the United States; Mauricio Cruz, a citizen of Mexico; Manuel Cruz, a citizen of Mexico; and an unnamed defendant were arrested following an investigation by USICE.

The indictment alleges that beginning in July 2010, Lazo and Ramos (both managers) sold stolen identities to other prospective McDonald's employees, including Mauricio Cruz and Manuel Cruz, who used the stolen identities to obtain employment with the restaurant. Lazo and Ramos were also charged with harboring illegal aliens.

If convicted on all counts, Lazo and Ramos face a maximum statutory penalty of over 100 years in prison. Mauricio Cruz and Manuel Cruz each face maximum statutory penalties of 37 years in prison.

In addition to the services we provide related to obtaining and maintaining legal immigration status for our clients and their employees, Dykema provides counseling related to employment eligibility and employer sanctions including defending audits of Form I-9 compliance by federal authorities.