Dallas-based 7-Eleven Inc. has taken over two more stores in Virginia as a result of pending felony charges against its franchisees brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn.
Last week, federal authorities indicted owners of 7-Eleven stores in Virginia and in New York on Long Island arresting nine owners and managers charging them with harboring and hiring illegal immigrants.
Federal prosecutors called the scheme “a modern-day plantation system” forcing illegal immigrants to live in substandard conditions and giving them false Social Security numbers. Wages were minimal and stolen by managers.
On June 17, 7-Eleven seized control of 14 stores, ten on Long Island and four in Virginia. The company took over two more stores in Virginia on June 18, said 7-Eleven spokeswoman Margaret Chabris on Thursday.
“These stores are now open under the management of 7-Eleven Inc. 7-Eleven will continue to take action against franchisees who violate the law or its franchise agreement,” Chabris said in an emailed statement.
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