Nine Arrests in Sweep
By Harold Hutchison
Federal agents arrested nine managers and owners who had used the Social Security numbers of children and dead people to hire illegal aliens to work at 7-11 convenience stores. As many as 50 illegals were hired in the scheme.
The arrests were the culmination of a decade-long investigation. The owners had forced the employees to live in housing they owned.
“These defendants ruthlessly exploited their immigrant employees, stealing their wages and requiring them to live in unregulated boarding houses, in effect creating a modern day plantation system,” U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said.
Eighteen illegals were detained in the raid, including some who tipped off the federal government.