- Associated Press - Thursday, December 25, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - A May 4 trial has been set for a metro Phoenix restaurant owner accused of trafficking in stolen identities.

Uncle Sam’s owner Bret Frimmel has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

He’s the first employer in metro Phoenix to be charged with identity theft under an Arizona law aimed at employers who hire immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.

Frimmel’s attorney says his client has done nothing wrong.

Last month, the Arizona Court of Appeals reverse a lower-court’s ruling that denied Frimmel a hearing to determine the validity of search warrants carried out by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office.

The appeals court says Frimmel showed the warrants were based on information that investigators knew or should have known contained false statements or omissions.

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