A federal judge on December 14 sentenced Malik Yousef, the former manager of five 7-Eleven stores to four years in prison for wire fraud and concealing and harboring illegal aliens employed at stores on Long Island and Virginia.
Mr. Yousef and six other defendants, including Farrukh and Bushra Baig of Head of Harbor, the owners of more than a dozen of the convenience stores, included the one in Sag Harbor, pleaded guilty to federal charges in September 2014 and have already been sentenced.
They were arrested when agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies conducted a sweeping raid in June 2013.
The sentence was announced by Robert L. Capers, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.
According to court filings, Mr. Yousef was the chief manager of five 7-Eleven stores during the course of the conspiracy and hired dozens of illegal aliens, equipping them with more than 20 identities stolen from United States citizens, housed them at residences his co-conspirators owned, and stole substantial portions of his workers’ wages. During the scheme, starting in 2000, the 7-Eleven stores generated more than $182 million in proceeds, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.
In addition to the prison sentence, the court ordered Mr. Yousef to forfeit his rights to eight 7-Eleven stores in New York and 10 in Virginia as well as his home in Setauket. The court also ordered him to pay $2.5 million in restitution for the back wages that he stole from his workers.