Feds: Seized 7-Elevens Ran 'Modern Plantation System'
Employed, exploited unauthorized immigrants, say officials
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 17, 2013 6:03 PM CDT
A 7-Eleven sign.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

(Newser) – Homeland Security and the DOJ raided 14 7-Eleven stores in Virginia and New York today, charging nine owners and managers with employing unauthorized immigrants and identify theft. According to officials, the stores hired more than 50 unauthorized immigrants, supplied them with stolen identities—some taken from children and dead people—stole their wages, and forced them in live in unregulated boardinghouses, the New York Times reports. The authorities also seized houses in both states, and are still investigating another 40 7-Elevens around the country.

"These defendants ruthlessly exploited their immigrant employees, stealing their wages and requiring them to live in unregulated boarding houses, in effect creating a modern day plantation system," says the US attorney for the Eastern District of New York, as per Reuters. If convicted, the nine charged face up to 20 years in prison for both wire fraud conspiracy and harboring aliens, plus consecutive two-year terms for the multiple counts of identity theft.

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Jun 18, 2013 3:00 PM CDT
They should be waiting outside of Home Depot at 6:30 am if they want to catch some illegals.
Jun 18, 2013 11:09 AM CDT
We spend too much time dwelling on the pass. We don't have time to worry about modern day slavery.
Jun 18, 2013 9:24 AM CDT
Good lord, most of these comments are concerned exclusively with these workers being illegal aliens, not with the fact that patrons were underwriting a system of human trafficking! Is it sheer happenstance that we enjoy all the freedom we do? If freedom were granted on the basis of merit you would all not be free.