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#1 Jun 18, 2013
7-Eleven stores seized in immigration crackdown
Article by: ROBERT E. KESSLER and VICTOR MANUEL RAMOS Newsday Updated: June 17, 2013 - 11:47 PM
Owners, managers accused of “plantation system.”
"MELVILLE, N.Y.– Dozens of federal agents fanned out on Long Island at dawn Monday seeking to arrest owners and managers of about 10 7-Eleven convenience stores on charges of knowingly concealing and employing undocumented workers, as part of a nationwide sweep involving hundreds of agents, sources said.
The targets on Long Island also are charged with making more than $150 million by cheating the undocumented employees out of much of the salaries they were entitled to and profiting by running their stores illegally, the sources familiar with the investigation said.
The raids are part of a much larger national investigation, coordinated by federal officials on Long Island and involving Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents raiding a number of 7-Elevens in other states, including Virginia, to determine the legal status and employment conditions of employees there, the sources said.
While undocumented workers may be picked up for questioning, no criminal arrests are planned against them, except possibly for being in the country illegally, the sources said.
Officials are also investigating whether leaders of the scheme actively recruited employees under false pretenses, and then helped smuggle them into the United States, sources said. If this turns out to true, it could lead to more charges, including allegations of forcing people into involuntary servitude, the legal term for slavery, the sources said."
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