A franchisee of five Nassau County-based 7-Eleven stores is being sued for upwards of $1 million after the company alleged that he funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash from the South Shore locations, according to various reports.
Tariq Khan, of Hewlett, nine co-defendants -- some family members -- and other employees were named in the complaint, filed in federal court in Brooklyn, after a three-year investigation.
According to CSPnet, the complaint states that “Tariq intentionally failed to report multiple hundreds of thousands of dollars of merchandise sales, including taxable sales, at the stores by manipulation of the cash registers and working from 'open drawers.’”
The investigation, according to CSPnet, was the result of an "’operational review’ in connection with the renewal of one of the franchise agreements.”
From October 2009 to February 2013, Khan’s South Shore stores “experienced inventory shortages in excess of $2.43 million in aggregate,” CSPnet reported.
Khan’s stores were not part of a raid by federal agents earlier this month. Approximately 10 7-Eleven stores around Suffolk County were raided in June in what enforcement officials called the "largest criminal immigration forfeiture" in the history of the Department of Homeland Security.