Freeport 7-Eleven video sent to Homeland Security
7-Eleven Inc. turned over video to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from a Freeport store last month, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Central Islip.
The Texas-based company disclosed earlier this month that on June 21 an employee had retrieved and turned over a digital video recorder to the agency to comply with a subpoena.
The video recorder came from a franchise at 80 Brooklyn Ave. that is operated by franchisee Tariq Khan, whom the company sued last month in an apparently unrelated matter.
Vincent Picard, a spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which is a part of Homeland Security, said they couldn't comment because the subpoena was "related to an ongoing investigation."
The company issued a statement that because the company was in litigation "7-Eleven has been advised to not discuss [the subpoena] at this time." It was unclear whether the statement referred to litigation with the Department of Homeland Security or to the suit against Khan.
It was also unclear Friday if the subpoena was related to raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement last month at 7-Eleven stores in Virginia and Long Island where franchise operators were accused of exploiting undocumented workers. Neither Khan nor the five franchises he operates on Long Island were part of those raids.
7-Eleven sued Khan last month claiming he skimmed money from his stores, an accusation that Khan's lawyers referred to in court documents as a "witch hunt."
A spokesman for Khan said he was not aware of the subpoena. Khan's lawyers have said in court filings 7-Eleven's suit is premised on "exaggerated statistics and misleading facts."