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Feds Raid Virginia 7-Eleven Stores As Part Of Human Smuggling Probe

Some 14 stores in Virginia and New York were raided as part of the investigation.
Some 14 stores in Virginia and New York were raided as part of the investigation.

Federal authorities say they've raided 7-Eleven stores in Norfolk, Chesapeake and Portsmouth, Virginia as well as Long Island, New York as part of a probe into human smuggling, identity theft and money laundering. All told, 14 stores in the two states were raided.

The investigation involves allegations that store owners helped smuggle workers into the U.S. from Pakistan, stole their wages and housed them in illegal boarding houses.

According to U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch, the accused "not only systematically employed illegal immigrants, they concealed their crimes by raiding the cradle and grave to steal the identities of children and even the dead."

Some store owners and managers have been arrested. More than a dozen workers have been taken into custody by immigration.

The 7-Eleven company says in a statement that its been cooperating with federal authorities.


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