By: Bruce E. Buchanan, Sebelist Buchanan Law

Following an investigation by ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Yong Min Choe has pled guilty to conspiracy to conceal and harbor undocumented workers by employing them at his 7-Eleven franchise in Brentwood, New York. In pleading guilty, Choe agreed to forfeit more than $1.3 million in assets that represent proceeds of the offense. Choe faces up to 10 years’ imprisonment as well as a fine.

In March 2004, Choe began operating the 7-Eleven store in Long Island. Between 2004 and November 2019, Choe hired individuals who did not have authorization to work in the United States and allowed those employees to use false social security numbers and other personal identifying information. As a result, Choe was able to pay his employees sub-standard wages and enrich himself.

If you want to know more about issues of employment of undocumented workers and employer immigration compliance, I recommend you read The I-9 and E-Verify Handbook, a book I co-authored with Greg Siskind, and available at