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Princess Diner owner, manager sentenced for stealing $132G from workers


The owner and the manager of a Hamptons diner who admitted to stealing $132,000 in tips and wages from 23 low-wage workers have been sentenced to 6 months in jail and a conditional discharge, respectively, the state attorney general said Friday.


Richard Bivona, who owned the Princess Diner at 32 Montauk Highway in Water Mill, and John Kalogeras, who managed the restaurant, were charged with failing to pay restaurant workers and scheming to defraud them between August 2016 and February 2018, according to a news release from the office of state Attorney General Barbara Underwood.


On Friday, Suffolk County Supreme Court Judge Fernando Camacho sentenced Bivona to 6 months in jail.


The firm that owns the diner, RJT Food & Restaurant LLC, was also sentenced to a conditional discharge for scheming to defraud and failure to secure workers' compensation coverage, the release stated.


“When employers skirt the law and steal from their employees, they’ll face the consequences.”


Officials said that the men didn’t pay their cooks, dishwashers and other workers, and that they also lied to employees about when they would be compensated.






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