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McDonald's Franchisee Pleads Guilty to Knowingly Hiring Undocumented Alien
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 undocumented alien. The guilty plea agreement resulted from an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), in conjunction with the Social Security Administration's Office of Inspector General.
McCalla 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 corporation agreed to pay a $300,000 fine, and an additional $100,000 forfeiture judgment.
According to an affidavit, the investigation began in February 2011 when HSI received information that McCalla Corporation employed illegal workers. McCalla Corporation owns six McDonald's restaurants in Wichita. In the plea agreement, McCalla Corporation admitted that in March 2011 the company's director of operations became aware that one of its store managers was using a false Social Security number. The director told the store manager to provide documents to confirm her eligibility to work. Two days later, the store manager presented a resident alien identification card which the director knew was not genuine. Nevertheless, he updated her paperwork and McCalla Corporation took no further action concerning her employment.