N.Y. and Va. 7-Eleven Stores Extorted Immigrants
A Big Gulp is what some 7-Eleven franchisees will be taking after the FBI raided their stores in New York and Virginia.
Nine owners and managers on Long Island, NY, and in Virginia are charged by federal officials of exploiting Pakistani and Philippine immigrants.
Not only that, prosecutors also allege these managers paid these workers using stolen social security numbers from the young, the old, the dead, and the living.
Long Island Press reported the identity theft victims ranged in age from 8 to 78, three dead people and a Coast Guard cadet.
The defendants took the stolen information and used the 7-Eleven automated payroll process to earn paychecks. They then gave a portion of those paychecks to their immigrant employees. Then they required that they live in houses owned by the defendants and forced them to pay rent.
Not only were these workers immigrants, but federal indictments say these workers didn't have permission to be in the country. They got in using stolen identities.
The defendants had made tens of millions of dollars from this scheme. Immigration officials detained 18 workers. Some of these workers alerted authorities about the crimes in 2010.
Dozens of 7-Eleven locations were raided across the country yesterday suspected of similar crimes.