Friday, June 21, 2013

Feds allege $180M ‘plantation system’ immigrant fraud at 7-Eleven stores at 54 sites

Originally Posted byABA Journal Law News  Jun 18, 2013 By Martha Neil

"In one of the biggest criminal cases ever brought by the Department of Justice over the employment of immigrants, federal agents have seized the franchise rights of 14 7-Eleven stores and announced charges against nine individuals responsible for their operation.
The feds also seized five homes and are executing search warrants on more than 40 additional 7-Eleven stores, in what is being described as a "modern day plantation system." It allegedly brought in $180 million in revenue by putting illegal immigrants from Pakistan and the Philippines to work, paying them a fraction of required wages for working up to 100 hours per week or more and segregating them in employer-provided "company town" housing, according to the Associated Press and the New York Times (reg. req.). . . .Convenience Store News says the investigation covers at least eight states: Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia".  More.

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