County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced Monday that her
office’s Labor Unit has secured a top-count guilty plea from a Long
Beach pizzeria for failing to pay seven employees more than $45,000.
& D Ventures, Inc., doing business as East End Pizza and
Restaurant, pleaded guilty last Thursday to failing to pay wages, a
said that the Labor Unit’s investigation, which began last October with
complaints from two former employees of the pizzeria, revealed that
seven employees were not being paid properly for overtime from January
2008 through October 2011.
In total, K & D failed to pay the seven
employees $45,654.42, Rice said. In addition to full restitution, K & D was
also sentenced to pay $4,000 in costs and fines.
employees are entitled to every cent of their wages, and my office’s
Labor Unit will aggressively investigate and prosecute any employer who
tries to line his or her own pockets at the expense of their workers,”
founded the first ever Labor Unit in the District Attorney’s office in
2006. The Labor Unit investigates cases involving Prevailing Wage Fraud,
Workers Compensation Fraud, Payroll Tax Fraud, Child Labor Violations,
Failure to Pay Wages and Failure to Pay Overtime. The unit has a 100 percent
conviction rate. Workers who think they may have been victimized can
contact the Labor Unit at (516) 571-1300.
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