By the Numbers

» 13 Months in prison Ashraf “Mike” Ali, owner of 26 Fast and Easy convenience stores in California’s Bay Area, will serve for an elaborate scheme to defraud the Small Business Administration.

» 25 Ranking for Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores on Forbes’ 2008 list of the largest private companies in the U.S., a large jump from last year’s No. 42 position.

» 55 Number of stores Rutter’s now operates after opening its new unit in Penn Township, Pa., in December. The new 24-hour store features Rutter’s latest food service offerings, a surcharge-free M&T Bank ATM, 16 fueling positions and an automatic single-bay car wash.

» 1,000 Turkeys Road Ranger employees donated to needy families throughout the Midwest for the holiday season.  

» $65,000 Contribution by R.L. Jordan Oil Co., operator of 54 Hot Spot c-stores in South Carolina, to Habitat for Humanity to cover the building costs of a new Habitat home in Spartanburg, S.C.

» $2M Donation by the ExxonMobil Education Alliance Program to 4,000 students in 43 states. Students will each receive a $500 grant to enhance their work in math and science programs.

» $5M
Lawsuit filed by 7-Eleven against a franchisee who was “mistakenly” given funds and won’t give it back. Court documents show 7-Eleven made a series of deposits totaling $4,954,614 into an account held by Jane L. George and Sarah’s Big Tree Gas & Go LLC. After discovering the error, 7-Eleven tried to contact George, but she has refused to discuss the matter or return the money, the suit states.

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