The Associated Press is reporting that the former owner of Danny’s Family Car Wash, a major car wash chain in the Phoenix area, has been sentenced to one year in prison and one year of home confinement after pleading guilty to a conspiracy charge of “turning a blind eye to illegal hiring at his business.”
We previously wrote about Daniel Lewis Hendon, the car wash chain’s former owner, who was convicted for rehiring workers who lacked authorization to work in the United States. A previously conducted federal audit had uncovered that nearly half of the wash’s 1,900 employees were not authorized to work in the U.S.
“You led your team into committing these crimes,” U.S. District Judge Neil Wake said. The judge said the government had already given Hendon a second chance after the audit, but the business owner went on to continue exploiting cheaper foreign labor that undercuts poor, unskilled workers.
Hendon also agreed to forfeit $158,000 seized from his business accounts. Thirteen managers admitted participation, and most received a few months in jail.
“What I did was wrong,” Hendon said. “I have to pay for the consequences for it.”