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July 17, 2008

One current and one former top executive for a franchisee that owns 11 McDonald’s restaurants in and around Reno, and the corporation itself pleaded guilty in federal court in Las Vegas Wednesday to federal felony immigration offenses for encouraging illegal aliens to reside in the United States.

These charges stem from an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) into allegations the company knowingly hired illegal alien workers

In September 2007, ICE agents executed federal search warrants at the 11 McDonald’s restaurants owned by Mack Associates in the Reno area and at the franchisee’s corporate office.

During the operation, agents encountered 58 illegal aliens who were working illegally at the McDonald’s restaurants. The illegal alien workers were arrested on administrative immigration violations and processed for removal.

Approximately 30 of those workers have been returned to their native countries. The remaining illegal workers were provided with documentation allowing them to remain in the United States pending the outcome of the criminal investigation.

The government and Mack Associates agreed that the corporation will pay a $1 million fine — $500,000 for each count, the maximum allowed – and be placed on probation during the period that the fine is outstanding.

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