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Associated Supermarket execs charged with wage violations

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Two Brooklyn grocers have been charged with underpaying workers by more than $300,000 and falsifying business records.

Bienvenido Nuñez, president of the Associated Supermarket in Bushwick, and Martin Duran, vice president, allegedly paid no wages to baggers, who worked for tips. The company paid weekly salaries of $300 to other workers who routinely worked as many as 70 hours, according to charges filed by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.

The pair allegedly submitted false payroll records to the state, showing the employees worked 40 hours per week. They also filed documents with the State Unemployment Insurance Fund that showed fewer workers than the store actually employed.

In addition to facing criminal charges, Nuñez and Duran could be forced to pay $600,000 in back wages and penalties to more than 30 workers.

The immigrant-rights advocacy group, Make the Road New York, and the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union reported the violations.

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