Nine arrested, 14 7-Elevens seized in fraud, illegal immigrant scheme

June 17, 2013 at 1:22 PM

NEW YORK, June 17 (UPI) -- Federal officials say they arrested nine owners and managers of 7-Eleven stores in New York and Virginia Monday in fraud involving illegal immigrant workers.

Along with the arrests, federal prosecutors and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents seized 14 of the convenience stores and are investigating 40 more stores, The New York Times reported.

Charges against the suspects in an indictment scheduled to be released Monday include wire fraud and aggravated identify theft. The indictment alleges employees who were illegal immigrants were paid using Social Security numbers of children and dead people.

The indictment says the activity has been going on for more than 10 years.

Prosecutors are seeking $30 in forfeitures from the stores and their parent company.

A spokesman for the 7-Eleven corporation, Scott Matter, said the company was aware of the arrests and seizures and had been cooperating in the investigation. He said the company would have no immediate comment.

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