Transcript for Massive Immigration Bust at 7-Eleven Convenience Stores
because of daunting paperwork. A startling headline about 711. Federal officials raided more than a address locations arresting store managers for running a modern day plantation system to exploit immigrant employees. Rebecca var advice has the details. Reporter: It's one of the most familiar store front in america. Instead of a big gulp, today many got a big surprise, nine store owners and managers arrested for what the feds are calling modern day plantations, harbor be ill lil workers who were given stole enidentities, forced to live in cramped boarding houses and paid for a fraction of their time. The owners that they have charged were engaged in a pattern of fraud and worker exploitation. Reporter: In all 14711s raided ten on long island and four in virginia. Employees were threatened when they complained which was rare with the threat of deportation, with the threat of job loss. It was a terrible viemt for these employees and they were ruthlessly exploited. Reporter: Federal officials say they were tipped off to exploitations going on for more than a decade, many of those arrested from pakistan threatening workers from their home country who had overstayed visas with deportation, the employees allegedly using stolen identity from a coast guard cadet to an 8-year-old child. 711 says it's cooperating with authorities and will take aggressive actions to audit the employment status of all franchisees employees. Tonight federal authorities tell us they're looking into 40 additional 711 stores in 7 states across the country for possible fraud. If convicted, these people could face up to 20 years in prison. George? Thanks very much. Now to today's bizarre confrontation on a jumbo jet
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