14 Arrested, 2 Savannah McDonald’s Shut Down Following Immigration Sting

04/15/2011 // WPB, FL, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

Savannah, GA — A nine-month investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has led to the temporarily closure of two Savannah McDonald’s restaurants and the arrests of 14 illegal immigrants. The round-up occurred around lunchtime at the McDonald’s off Ogeechee Road at Berwick, and the one at Ogeechee Road and Chatham Parkway, reported WTOC.

ICE officials reported that some of the McDonald’s managers stole American’s identities, and then sold them to the prospective and illegal McDonald’s employees who needed to acquire American citizenship.

“These U.S citizens unknowing to a certain extent have been victimized, their credits have been potentially impacted, their good names have been tarnished,” said ICE Special Agent in Charge Jason Gialanella to WTOC.

Fourteen people were arrested, with five of them facing federal criminal charges for stealing identities. The rest were charged for being in this country illegally.

The investigations are ongoing.

WTOC released a statement from Nina Gompels McDonald’s Franchisee Owner, Savannah, Georgia: “I am shocked and saddened by today’s events. The alleged actions by these employees in no way reflect the values of my restaurant organization. I care very much about my customers and the community and take matters like these seriously. My organization will continue to work with the authorities.”

Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for Georgia immigration lawyers.

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