The Associated Press is reporting that the owner of Danny’s Family Car Wash, a major car wash chain in the Phoenix area, pleaded guilty to “turning a blind eye to illegal hiring at his business” for hiring nearly 1,000 employees who do not have U.S. work permits.

U.S. District Judge Neil Wake accepted the guilty plea Monday. Daniel Lewis Hendon entered the plea in July, admitting to the felony charge of identity fraud, according to the AP. He’ll be sentenced on Nov. 21. According to the report:

Several managers for Danny’s Family Car Wash have said that some managers for the business directed them to rehire workers who had been fired previously.

Those workers were fired after a federal audit found nearly half of the company’s 1,900 workers were people not authorized to work in the United States.