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7-Eleven Exploitation Scheme Defendants Go to Court

7-Eleven Exploitation Scheme Defendants Go to CourtCSPNet: 7-Eleven Exploitation Scheme Defendants Go to Court

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NORFOLK, Va. — The 7-Eleven independent franchisee worker exploitation case has moved to court, and more details are also beginning to emerge about the nature of the scheme that the federal investigation has uncovered. A federal judge in Norfolk, Va., overseeing the case is proceeding with added caution before allowing the defendants to return to their U.S. homes until a trial date out concern they may be flight risks to avoid prosecution.

As reported in a Raymond James/CSP Daily News Flash, Judge Lawrence R. Leonard on Thursday ruled that defendant Tariq Rana would remain in federal custody until trial, said an Associated Press report.

Attorneys said that one person from New York involved in the multi-state scheme has already fled back to Pakistan.

For his decision, the judge cited the nature and severity of offenses, size and scope of charges, unaccounted for money and the fact that Rana is facing a 48-year maximum sentence plus deportation, reported WAVY-TV.

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