NYC pizza franchise owner pleads guilty in wage theft case

AP News
Posted: Jul 15, 2015 5:41 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — The owner of nine Papa John's pizza franchises in the New York's Bronx borough has pleaded guilty to charges including illegally taking wages from his employees.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office says Abdul Jamil Khokhar turned himself in to authorities to face charges including failure to pay wages and falsifying business records. He pleaded guilty Wednesday afternoon in a Bronx court as part of a plea agreement. He is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 21 to 60 days in jail.

Calls and an email to Khokhar's attorney seeking comment were not immediately returned.

Officials say Khokhar and BMY Foods Inc. failed to pay about 300 current and former employees the minimum wage and overtime, and also filed fake quarterly tax returns to hide their actions.