KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri commercial janitorial service’s owner who admitted underpaying employees has been ordered to spend five years on probation and pay nearly $200,000 in restitution.
Gary Walker, 51, of Lee’s Summit was sentenced Wednesday in Kansas City. He pleaded guilty in April to a misdemeanor violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Walker was named the Small Business Administration’s Small Business Person of the Year for Missouri in 2011. He was also a finalist for the Ernst & Young LLC Entrepreneur of the Year award in the Central Midwest in 2008.
Authorities say workers for Walker’s Magic Touch Cleaning Inc. entitled to a minimum wage of $7.25 per hour and overtime pay at a rate of at least one and half times the regular pay rate. But from 2010 to August 2013, the company underpaid its employees roughly $98,242.
The amount of court-ordered restitution represents double the unpaid wages and overtime.