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Vista councilman pleads guilty in worker comp case

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VISTA, Calif. (AP) - A Vista councilman and his wife have been sentenced to a day in jail and must pay $12,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor for not paying workers' compensation premiums.

The North County Times reports that guilty pleas for Frank Lopez and his wife, Mary, were made Wednesday in San Diego County Superior Court on the couple's behalf. They also have to perform 120 hours of community service and attend a payroll tax seminar.

The couple were ordered to report to jail on Nov. 14.

A yearlong criminal investigation was prompted after the Lopezes repeatedly wrote bad payroll checks to their employees at a Mexican restaurant. Prosecutors say the couple didn't pay workers' compensation between November 2000 and January 2010.


Information from: North County Times


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