PHOENIX — A former lower-level manager for a metro Phoenix car-wash chain
accused of immigration fraud in its hiring practices has pleaded guilty to a
federal conspiracy charge.
Juan Ruiz-Gonzalez’s guilty plea Friday marked the 11th manager from Danny’s
Family Car Wash to plead guilty.
Some lower-level managers who have pleaded guilty have said at least one
higher-up within Danny’s instructed them to rehire workers who had to be fired
after a federal audit found nearly half of the company’s workforce had presented
insufficient or ineligible records when they were hired.
Ruiz-Gonzalez worked as a manager for the chain, but eventually was fired as a
result of the audit.
He said in court records that he was later rehired and was involved in the
rehiring of the fired workers.