VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - Two more 7-Eleven stores in Hampton Roads have been taken over by the corporation because the franchisees face charges in a federal immigration scheme.
"7-Eleven, Inc. has assumed control of two additional stores in Virginia on Tuesday as a result of pending felony proceedings against the franchisees named in the indictment," said 7-Eleven Spokeswoman Cara Morris Stern about the incident. "These stores are now open under the management of 7-Eleven, Inc."
The two new stores added to the list are the locations listed below:
- Virginia Beach - 1584 General Booth Blvd.
- Newport News - 2610 Jefferson Ave.
In total, six local stores are involved in the investigation. According to the indictment, the locations of the other four Hampton Roads stores are:
- Norfolk - 1088 West 26th St.
- Portsmouth - 725 London Blvd.
- Chesapeake - 4424 Portsmouth Blvd.
- Chesapeake - 4701 Taylor Rd.
Chopper 10 flew over the scene of the corporate takeover at the 7-Eleven store in Virginia Beach Tuesday night. The parking lot and entrance to the store were blocked by a private security company that contracts with 7-Eleven.
WAVY.com called the store and the employee who answered said the store was going through an audit.
Wednesday afternoon, a source close to the investigation told WAVY.com the store was shut down around 6 p.m. and employees were instructed to hand over paperwork and go through the process to complete a corporate takeover. The store reopened at 11 p.m..
7-Eleven corporate reserves the right to take a franchise back from its owner when a contract is breached.
The store was not part of the original indictment where three Hampton Roads 7-Eleven managers appeared in Norfolk Federal Court on charges related to a probe into human smuggling, identity theft and money laundering. But, sources say the store is connected to the local defendants listed in the indictments.
A total of nine 7-Eleven store managers and owners in Virginia and New York were indicted in the federal investigation.
Document: Defendants listed in multi-state scheme
Federal authorities were not involved in Tuesday's corporate takeover.
Stay with WAVY online and on air for updates on this story as new information becomes available.
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