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PHOENIX -- A second former general manager for a metropolitan Phoenix car-wash chain that's accused of immigration fraud in its hiring practices has pleaded guilty to a federal conspiracy charge.

John Randall Sanford is among the 13 managers for Danny's Family Car Wash who have pleaded guilty in the case.

Some managers who pleaded guilty have said that 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 1,900-person workforce were people who weren't authorized to work in the United States.

Sanford said in his plea agreement that he knew it was likely the business was rehiring the workers, but made a point of not asking for IDs when signing employment authorization forms.

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