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Restaurateur whose business was raided by Arpaio gets $5 million

The owner of Uncle Sam's claimed he was defamed by then-Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio after he made false allegations about the restaurant.

PHOENIX — Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported the settlement amount.

The Maricopa County Board has approved a $5 million settlement with a restaurant owner in metro Phoenix who claimed in a lawsuit that then-Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office defamed him and violated his rights eight years ago when investigating whether employees at his restaurants used fraudulent IDs to get jobs. 

The settlement Wednesday with Uncle Sam’s owner Bret Frimmel came two weeks after officials signed off on a separate $400,000 settlement to resolve similar claims brought by Uncle Sam’s manager Lisa Norton.

Uncle Sam's has two locations: one in north Phoenix near Shea Boulevard and 32nd Street and another in Peoria. 

Frimmel and Norton were arrested in 2014 by Arpaio’s office on employment-related identity theft charges that were later dismissed. Frimmel and Norton maintained they did nothing wrong.

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