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Joe Arpaio's Workplace Busts Continue: Grand Total of One Employee Arrested at Chili's



The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office carried out its 76th and 77th "criminal employment" operations this week, and the results were unspectacular.

The result of the 76th operation: One guy arrested at a Chili's restaurant in Mesa.

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The result of the 77th: Two employees of Arizona Shower Door in Phoenix.

As is usual in these operations, no business owners were arrested for hiring people alleged to be in the country illegally -- just the lowly employees. Only one of these 77 operations has resulted in an owner or person in charge of hiring being arrested.

According to the MCSO, the man at Chili's was busted after it was discovered that he was being paid under someone else's name, which became an issue when that person declared a lower income when trying to obtain food stamps.

The Sheriff's Office says the Arizona Shower Door bust was the result of a "four-month investigation."

Coincidentally, the former owner of Arizona Shower Door, Fred Knadler, was just sentenced to eight years in prison less than a week ago on an attempted kidnapping charge. He was arrested in 2012 after allegedly trying to hire an employee to kill his wife.

The Arizona Shower Door website lists Knadler's sons Paul and Pete as the "executive team" for the company now.

All three people caught in the busts were booked into jail on charges of forgery and identity theft, according to MCSO.

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