Federal suit alleges 'criminal enterprise' at Vitale's

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (via WOOD TV 8) — The popular Vitale's restaurants are facing a lawsuit alleging they are running a "criminal enterprise" under the rules set by the Federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, more commonly known as RICO.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court July 11, names five Vitale's locations and five defendants and says the company "engaged in a pattern of racketeering activity including wire fraud and mail fraud, involving numerous RICO predicate acts, all in an effort to defraud the state, local, and federal tax authorities, as well as to defraud Plaintiff and the members of the class of their wages, and defraud their workers compensation insurance carrier."

An attorney representing the plaintiff, a former Vitale's employee, told 24 Hour News 8 the company doesn't pay workers overtime wages.

Read the full story at WOODTV.com.


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