Nearly a dozen 7-Eleven stores on Long Island are part of a raid by federal agents and police investigating the events of identity theft and human smuggling.
On Long Island, there have been nine franchise owners taken into custody on Monday morning. The investigation goes on to several franchise owners in New York City and Virginia, as well.
The investigation looks into franchise owners smuggling workers from Pakistan to work at its stores and providing these illegal immigrants with housing. A dozen of the allegedly illegal workers have been taken in by immigration officials.
In some instances, the illegal immigrants were using Social Security numbers of children and the dead, according to reporting from The New York Times.
Charges are expected to be brought against the arrested this morning.