Savannah McDonald's managers face indictments

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Two managers of a local McDonald's restaurant have been indicted along with three others for scheming to sell stolen identities used to obtain employment, U.S. Attorney Edward Tarver said Wednesday.


The indictment, unsealed Wednesday, charges Oscar Lazo, 51, a citizen of Peru; Eva Ramos, 35, a U.S. citizen; Maurcio Cruz and Manuel Cruz, both Mexican citizens, and an unnamed defendant with conspiring to sell stolen identities of United States citizens.

NTG Enterprises owned the restaurant, which Tarver did not identify.

"I am shocked and saddened by today's events. The alleged actions by these employees in no way reflect the values of my restaurant organization. I care very much about my customers and the community and take matters like these seriously. My organization will continue to work with the authorities," said Nina Gompels, a McDonald's franchisee owner in Savannah, in a written statement emailed to the Savannah Morning News.

The indictment charges that beginning in July 2010, Lazo and Ramos sold the stolen identities to other prospective McDonald's employees to obtain jobs with the restaurant.

Both Maurcio Cruz and Manuel Cruz used the identification for that purpose, the indictment charges.

Lazo and Ramos were also charged with harboring illegal immigrants.



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