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Middletown Nightclub Owner Arrested on Five Unpaid Wages Charges

Earl O'Garro Jr., the owner of now defunct Us Restaurant, is also the focus of a federal probe into nearly $700,000 in missing premiums and nearly $300,000 in defaulted loan payments.

Earl O'Garro Middletown Businessman
Earl O'Garro Middletown Businessman

The embattled owner of a now closed Middletown nightclub and eatery was arrested this week on charges he failed to pay his former insurance company employees wages totaling nearly 25,000, according to the Hartford Courant.

State Police picked up Hybrid Insurance chief executive officer Earl O'Garro Jr. on a warrant sought by the state labor department on two felony and three misdemeanor charges of unpaid wages, the Courant reports. 

Five employees of Middletown's now closed Us Restaurant at 412 Main Street, , which O'Garro operated with his wife Kendra, have also filed wage complaints with the labor department, the Courant says, and charges are pending.

Last month, Connecticut's Attorney General's office was granted a court order to seize property — including luxury cars and from O'Garro. 

O'Garro is accused of defaulting on a $100,000 state loan for his Hybrid Insurance Group and failing to pay $670,000 in premiums to Starr Indemnity and National Casualty, excess liability insurers for the city of Hartford.

A Maserati, two BMWs, a Range Rover and a 2,681-square-foot Colonial in Bloomfield and a 7,338 square-foot plantation-style Colonial in Marlborough are among the property the state's Attorney General's office is trying to seize, the Courant says.

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