Files seized in undocumented worker case

June 11, 2008 at 3:38 PM

MESA, Ariz., June 11 (UPI) -- Hundreds of employee records have been seized from the Arizona offices of an amusement park operator suspected of hiring undocumented workers, police say.

Nine employees of Mesa-based Golfland Entertainment Centers, which operates Waterworld, Golfland and Big Surf, were arrested Tuesday in a Maricopa County Sheriff's Department ID-theft investigation that may lead to the first use of a new state law to prosecute employers who knowingly hire undocumented immigrants, the Arizona Republic reported Wednesday.

Dave Johnson, director of marketing for Golfland, said that the company which has over 1,100 workers in Arizona, has nothing to hide.

"We haven't tried to impede their investigation in any way, and we are confident we are in full compliance with the law," he said.

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