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Louisiana Business Owner Pleads Guilty to Payroll Fraud

The Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Louisiana announced the convictions of a local business owner for obstructing a federal investigation and failing to pay his workers overtime wages. MICHAEL L. LANGSTON, JR., age 47, of St. Amant, Louisiana, pled guilty before U.S. District Judge Shelly D. Dick to obstructing an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor, and willful failure to pay employees overtime wages in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).
These convictions arose from LANGSTON’S ownership and operation of Langston Construction, LLC (“LC”) and Composite Architectural Design Systems (“CADS”), companies headquartered in Gonzales, Louisiana.  Through LC and CADS, LANGSTON employed dozens of workers at construction sites around the country.  By failing to pay time and a half for overtime, the defendant withheld approximately $240,388.21 from his employees between August 2013 and August 2016.

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