An arbitrator has awarded $1.2 million in back pay and damages to 19 former employees of Wurld Media, Inc.
The Saratoga Springs-based Internet startup, which marketed a product similar to iTunes, began having trouble making payroll in 2006. Eventually, its remaining assets were sold to Roo Group Inc. for $4.3 million.
The 19 former workers included the brother of one of the company founders. He received $207,153.
Founder Greg Kerber was convicted of grand larceny for stealing $32,000 in company assets to buy pizza, repair his car and hire a lawyer to defend him in a separate criminal case. Co-founder Richard Sexton was convicted of grand larceny in 2008 and is appealing his conviction.