Two managers at Savannah area McDonald's restaurants face federal charges for selling stolen identities to other prospective McDonald's employees and harboring illegal immigrants, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Georgia.
The charges stem from an undercover investigation by ICE Homeland Security Investigations.
Oscar Lazo, 51, a Peruvian national, Eva Ramos, 35, Maurcio Cruz, Mexican citizen; Manuel Cruz, a Mexican citizen; and an unnamed defendant were federally charged with conspiring to sell the stolen identities of U.S. citizens.
In early July 2010, Lazo and Ramos, both managers at a local McDonald's, sold stolen identities to other prospective McDonald's employees, including Maurcio Cruz and Manuel Cruz, who used the stolen identities to get jobs at the restaurant, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Lazo and Ramos were also charged with harboring illegal aliens.
Lazo and Ramos face a maximum statutory penalty of more than 100 years in prison. If convicted, Mauricio Cruz and Manuel Cruz face a maximum statutory penalty of 37 years in prison.