Joe Arpaio Supporter Danny Hendon Pleads Guilty in Identity Fraud Case

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Danny Hendon, owner of the embattled Danny's Family Car Wash chain and a longtime supporter of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, pleaded guilty today in federal court to identity fraud, the Associated Press is reporting.

Several business entities under the DFC umbrella are scheduled for change of plea hearings today in related charges.

You may recall that in August of last year, 16 Danny's locations were raided by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. During that massive operation, 223 persons were taken into custody, with most eventually being released.

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Thirty were held on immigration violations, and 14 were criminally charged in "a conspiracy to employ unauthorized aliens," as described by the indictment.

Hendon was not indicted at that time, but several of his managers were and have since pleaded guilty.

The federal indictment alleged that a 2010 federal audit of the company found that 942 out of 1,912 employees, nearly half the workforce, had not provided proper paperwork at the time they were hired.

See also:
-Danny's Family Car Wash Owner Danny Hendon Not Named in ICE Indictment
-Joe Arpaio-Fave Danny's Family Car Wash Raided by ICE (w/Updates)

DFC's general counsel later "submitted a signed certification letter to federal authorities indicating that as of April 23, 2011, DFC had terminated the employment of all 942 employees listed," according to the indictment.

But the feds say DFC turned right around and re-hired many of the employees it had axed.

The indictment states:

"Soon after 'terminating' the unauthorized employees in April 2011, DFC began rehiring many of the same individuals under new identities.

"In many instances, DFC's managers affirmatively assisted the employees in procuring identification documents and other personal identifiers that belonged to third parties (e.g., supplying employees with names, social security cards and numbers, and/or driver's licenses that belonged to others) to facilitate the rehiring."



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marcy
marcy

Senile Joe was absolutely shocked to learn that he and his deputies were surrounded by illegal immigrants at that car wash. 


Pretty amazing given that some of Joe's goons claim they can tell someone is an illegal immigrant just looking at them driving down the road.

uwishtoknowme
uwishtoknowme

I'd like to know why his daughter (Heather Hendon) hasn't been indicted. She joined her Dad's business (car washes) back in 2004 & is the VP of operations & took part in their practice of promoting identity fraud among their employees ...

Further I'd love to know why the truck washes (owned by Heather's Mom / Danny's ex wife) weren't hit in this investigation... as it is the same story over there as well.

A New Times inquiry deeper into this would be great!

Bre Pola
Bre Pola

FYI I am not a fan of sheriff joe but the MCSO had nothing to do with the raid or investigation on Danny's family car wash. It was an ice investigation and the MCSO doesn't have a say what the federal government does. I know for a fact that ICE had been investigating this for years and even warned Danny Hendon several times.

Jewel Sparkles
Jewel Sparkles

my father used to work for that corrupt asshat. he quit years ago, thankfully.

Gary Trayler
Gary Trayler

One guy out of the millions that support Joe. Obama and his followers are always going to jail

Douglas Conder
Douglas Conder

Michael Vogt this guy's gotta go...the teflon sheriff lol

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

I'M SHOCKED! Not really, I said he was guilty from day one.

DNichols
DNichols

When will the Feds. indict Arpaio he is the biggest "Crook" in Arizona?!


Arpaio not only turned a blind eye to his pal Danny's car washes, he sheilded them from his "Immigration Raids" while raiding Danny's competitor car washes, and even profited from M.C.S.O. car washes at Danny's while M.C.S.O. Deputies washed cars knowingly hand in hand with undocumented workers.

All profits went to the M.C.S.O. including money earned illegally!

The records of M.C.S.O. car wash money/proceeds is probably very interesting right Joe?


During these official M.C.S.O. car washes Arpaio was in fact one of Arizona's largest employers of undocumented workers, however Arpaio didn't care about the workers legal  status as long as he was collecting the money from exploited labor.


To: Justice even for crooked, corrupt Sheriffs?!

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

Somebody needs to pay a visit to Turf Paradise, another one of Bozo Joe's supporters that seems to be getting away with the same things that Bozo Joe looks the other way for.

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

I must have been gone for a bit and missed the part about Mr. Hendon having been charged. I have to say I'm pleased, and not a bit surprised. 


It's nice that some of his managers were motivated to roll on him. It's been rather obvious for many years that MCSO has been raiding competing businesses and yet Danny's has remained untouched. 


Karma can indeed be a bitch. This bitch just bit Mr. Hendon in the nether regions. 

rh19541954
rh19541954

Arpaio is a hypocrite he may never pay on this old earth for his evil, sins but none of us escape Judgment day before Jesus!

james8394
james8394

Took my car there a few months back. overpriced and did a crap job. 

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Another Joe supporter bites the dust.

Can't wait to read JAFfy's hilarious response.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

Hendon has been a crook since he has been involved with Dannys - his attorneys are crooks - his accountants are crooks - his family are all crooks.  I encourage Stephen to go to the Court Records and look up all the cases involving Dannys Car Wash - they had a racket: Start a car wash, sell it, do things to the new owners which caused them to fail, get the business back and sell it again - over and over, with their attorneys knowing exactly what they were doing.  THe money wasn't in selling car washes or in cheating their workers - it was in selling the business locations multiple times.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

Just another TYPICAL Joe supporter


Good riddance to bad rubbish

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

Everything Arpaio does and touches is nothing but corruption.

wherewasi
wherewasi topcommenter

You missed the point, Bre. The point is that Arpaio loves to raid businesses like Danny's looking for illegals, but looked the other way for Hendon because of Danny's deep pockets benefiting the MCSO.

lennygarbo
lennygarbo

Obama is always going to jail? When, specifically?

marcy
marcy

@james8394

Probably because all the hard working cheap labor was gone after the raid and you got a 100% American car wash.  

getmeouttahere
getmeouttahere

@ExpertShot A lawyer I know has represented several people who had the misfortune of doing business with Danny Hendon, and were screwed out of thousands of dollars they were owed for their work. Hedon's name--and all of the shell LLC's he does business under--are all over the Superior Court docket like a bad rash. He's a snake, and it's about time karma caught up with him. Here's hoping he gets a long, well-deserved prison sentence.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

@ConcernedCitizenAZ The Department of Justice SHOULD take on the political/business cabal in Arizona but they won't - it's like this in every Republicant state.  Corruption that has been going on since Statehood is hard to root out and stop.  Tombstone (cowboys v. wall street) was one time when the DOJ might have stopped it but they decided not to.  It's all about the money and how many people the good old boys can cheat out of it.  The answer - don't feed the trolls.

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