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Federal prosecutors accuse a bunch of 7-Eleven owners and managers of running a quote modern day plantation.
They say at least nine store owners and managers have made tens of millions of dollars by giving fake identities to dozens of illegal immigrants.
Then forcing them to work hours on end for very little pay.
While living and unregulated boarding houses.
The feds say they rated fourteen stores in Virginia and on New York's Long Island yesterday.
Arresting the owners and the managers.
Prosecutors say the group it's used stolen security numbers including those of a dead child.
And three other dead people.
To pay illegal immigrants from Pakistan and the Philippines.
And then steal up to 75%.
Of those wages.
Oh my god that's terrible I come here every day I know all the all the guys that work here there will very nice people.
I can't believe it can't believe it.
It's crazy prosecutors say among the people agents arrested is a married couple on Long Island a -- originally from Pakistan.
And they own most of the stores.
The investigation is now expanding to more than forty other seven elevens across.
Seven states that are all highlighted here in yellow.
A spokesman for 7-Eleven says it is cooperating with authorities -- that it will aggressively audit the employment status of all of its workers.
City of the legal analyst and a Fox's contributor -- right dollars with us.
Slave labor is really what the allegation here is that they gave them these illegal documents and then robbed them of their pay.
Right but what the US attorney also said -- -- press conference what is that's.
They were willing participants.
Miller doesn't really matter what no legally it doesn't really matter but it's not like slave labor where they didn't want to be there but what how.
How -- -- unfolded was chip two guys one -- you want want to state police off to look forward to a Suffolk county police over there as it looked.
I don't work and all this time but they're not paying me and that's how the investigation started.
They go the practice goes back to 2000.
And it -- it -- as big as 7-Eleven they had no internal checks in there almost 101000 stores.
Whether -- -- doesn't -- all the stores some of the franchise and their own by individual franchisees right yes but yes but there is that you always got to go back to the mother ship and then we'll go back to the mother ship with the exact same Social Security numbers from three from the different people.
And -- Evan -- picked up on it.
So the the fraud was blatant it was obviously -- had to do was do an investigation of minor wind you can see it.
And what was happening as they were putting in payroll for X amount of dollars the owners were keeping the majority of it and is giving a minimum amount of money to the workers and they would.
Giving them some form of housing.
That was probably very inappropriate is adequate.
And this is a big deal of event at the -- -- -- hold -- -- without bail right now which is not typical.
Of this type of fraud investigation.
At least that's not want to go back to the beginning of this conversation.
But as you said will they were willing to as I can say that the prosecutors said that I didn't say that the prosecutors say don't have documents.
So in exchange for these documents.
You've been a work in a slave like fashion for us.
I'm guessing that's the reason that they've not given them bonds because it could have done what they -- they've done they have in essence instantly do these people and -- the only don't have enough money to get other housing they can't get another kind of job they don't have documents.
They're stuck there.
The owners have all the luck the owners of the 7-Eleven have all the leverage and people need like as a okay.
Again shipment that's what the prosecutors say I'm -- and it's very what I like it in other words but she'll be up in the sense that a lot of these people come from countries wed them.
They amid a lot of money that they make of this development of -- -- -- home yet there they can get a -- of them are now and we have rules about employment and -- -- life and what acceptable hiring years as a session -- and applied all trouble they're in big trouble you know there's nobody ever happening granted belly away that 1711 look familiar -- Well I'll tell you one don't know how Long Island -- about -- some of them not Long Island some of them.
If you need some help around your yard -- whatever they're very nice people stand around out there are some times on the weekends and you know you -- -- -- Whatever they want to come help you in the -- they'll do that I thought this was what -- was originally about.
Who knew that they were doing this and this is the people who are actually working and he'll put the ice in the banks but the -- thing that you're -- -- and I think -- -- -- and it's and a big go slow BP is about six bucks I think they can afford and deadbeats because we might.
And they will now and this will be a big a big warning sign across America this case that this is seven elevenths getting caught that the model obsolete and get caught -- too and you better wake up bill.
There -- minority thank you thank you -- Arthur.
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