7-Eleven Franchises Raided For Immigration Crimes

by Greg Pollowitz

Federal agents and police raided nearly a dozen 7-Eleven stores across Long Island early Monday as part of an identity theft and human smuggling investigation, law enforcement officials say. 

According to investigators, some owners of the raided franchises allegedly helped smuggle in workers from Pakistan to work in their stores. Those workers were then allegedly forced to live in housing provided by the franchise owners, authorities said.

Five store owners were arrested Monday in the probe and are expected to face identity theft, money laundering and other charges, law enforcement officials said. Some of those being charged are also accused of stealing from 7-Eleven corporate headquarters, authorities said. . .