Chesapeake, Va. – Byron Bennett says he was fired from his job at 7-eleven Tuesday and still hasn’t been paid for a week on the job.
“I don’t know what they’re doing, but I just want to get paid. It’s frustrating,” says Bennett.
Bennett worked at the 4701 Taylor Road 7-Eleven in Chesapeake. It was one of the six Hampton Roads stores believed to be involved in an illegal immigration crime ring.
All stores have been turned over to corporate.
In a statement earlier this week, 7-Eleven says it has a policy of terminating all employees when illegal activity is involved.
“It just sucks for the people that have families and kids and stuff and rent and everything like that. It just sucks that we get punished for other people’s doings,” Bennett says.
A 7-Eleven spokesperson told NewsChannel 3 that employees can re-apply for their jobs.
But today when Bennett was on the phone with corporate, he says he was told a different story.
“I guess they froze my social security number so I can’t get a job with any other 7-Eleven around here, so I have to go somewhere else.”
Nine people have been indicted so far, three from Hampton Roads who are accused of hiring illegal immigrants, giving them stolen identities from U.S. citizens and taking their wages.
Meanwhile, Bennett, who feels caught in the middle, was told by corporate that he will have to wait a week to hear back about getting paid.
“Well that was my rent check. The one that they kept, so hopefully I get an extension from my land lord,” says Bennett.
NewsChannel three took action and reached out to 7-Eleven several times today, but were never told why Bennett still hasn’t been paid.