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Arizona Law Enforcement Raids GNC Warehouse

On August 9, 2012, deputies from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office raided a General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) warehouse and detained five people for allegedly working under fraudulent documents. The warehouse for the well-known vitamin and health supplement retain chain currently employs over 250 people and serves as the main distribution point for GNC retails outlets in the Phoenix metro area.

According to Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a key figure in the state’s controversial effort to control illegal immigration with far-reaching legislation, the investigation into GNC employees began with a tip from a fellow warehouse employee in 2011. At this time, the Sheriff’s Office believes that as many as 21 workers may be implicated in using false documents to gain employment and that two suspects have been using the Social Security numbers of deceased people. Sheriff Arpaio also noted that several employees hid from authorities during the raid.

According to a GNC spokesman, the company is fully cooperating with the investigation and has commenced an internal review of the allegations.

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Nataliya Binshteyn Dominguez, Greenberg Traurig Law Firm, Northern Virginia, Immigration Law Attorney
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Nataliya Binshteyn Dominguez focuses her practice on global business immigration matters. She advises corporate and individual clients in a variety of employment-based immigrant and non-immigrant cases. She advises corporations on Form I-9 and E-Verify employment verification matters, including compliance audits, due diligence for corporate restructuring, and immigration-related defense in connection with worksite enforcement investigations. Nataliya also conducts Form I-9 and E-Verify trainings and frequently authors articles regarding immigration compliance issues. She...

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Laura Foote Reiff Co-Chairs the Business Immigration & Compliance Practice and is the Co-Managing Shareholder of the Northern Virginia Office. She also Co-Chairs the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice’s International Employment, Immigration & Workforce Strategies group. Laura focuses her practice on business immigration laws and regulations affecting U.S. and foreign companies, as well as related employment compliance and legislative issues.

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