A McDonald's restaurant franchisee in Wichita, Kansas agreed to plead guilty to one felony count of knowingly accepting a fraudulent identification document offered as proof that an employee was eligible to work.  As part of the plea agreement, McCalla Corporation agreed to pay a $300,000 fine and an additional $100,000 forfeiture judgment.


McCalla admitted, in March 2011, the company's director of operations became aware that one of its store managers was using a false Social Security number. The director told the McDonald's store manager she needed to provide him new documents to confirm her eligibility to work. Two days later, the store manager presented a resident alien identification card. The director knew the new card was not genuine. Nevertheless, he updated her paperwork and McCalla took no further action. She worked as a store manager for about 3 and ½ years.


This is the second recent Kansas case involving the employment of undocumented workers. The other one involved two hotels. Just another reminder that companies need to be vigilant in their immigration compliance or they will be facing the consequences. Industries, such as restaurants, hotels, construction and defense, are especially on ICE's radar.