Officials at the state Department of Labor said Tuesday that a judge and a prosecutor in Middletown have signed warrants for Earl O’Garro Jr. and his ex-wife Kendra O’Garro.
The department applied for those warrants after receiving five complaints from employees of the now-defunct Us Restaurant & Lounge in Middletown, who say O’Garro and ex-his wife owe them wages. The O’Garros opened Us Restaurant & Lounge in March 2013. It closed in September.
An official with the labor department told The Courant in March that the agency had sent O’Garro and his then-wife a “demand Letter” requesting “payment of about $8,000″ by March 27. The department never received the money.
Labor Department officials said Tuesday that the warrants would be forwarded to state police. They each include at least five counts of failure to pay wages.
Earl O’Garro Jr., who formed Hybrid Insurance Group in 2010, is now the target of a federal grand jury investigation involving Hartford insurance premiums.
The FBI is investigating O’Garro for allegedly failing to pay premiums on several insurance plans, including policies for the city of Hartford. City and school officials have said he did not pay $670,000 in premiums to two of Hartford’s insurance carriers last July.
O’Garro was arrested in January on five counts of failure to pay wages. The Labor Department sought criminal charges against O’Garro after investigating complaints from former Hybrid Insurance employees that they were owed $24,529.48 in wages, according to the arrest warrant.
O’Garro faces six misdemeanors in that case. Since his arrest, a charge of second-degree failure to appear has been added.
This post has been updated to reflect the following correction: An earlier version said Kendra O’Garro is Earl O’Garro’s wife. Their divorce was finalized this past spring.