Troubled Lexington Pizzeria's Woes Deepen [POLL]

Upper Crust executives and founder engaged in bitter dispute.

Upper Crust’s woes have reached new heights with court filings showing its co-owners claiming each other has used company money for personal gain, according to Boston.com.

The details on the split are revealed in legal documents filed by co-owners Joshua Huggard and Brendan Higgins as well as co-founder Jordan Tobins, according to Boston.com The company is already under federal investigation for labor violations.  

Upper Crust has locations in , Beacon Hill, Brookline, South End, Waltham, Watertown, Wellesley and West Roxbury, according to its website. 

As a result of the dispute, Tobins has been placed on administrative leave, according to Boston.com and claimed the co-owners have illegally taken control of the firm. Tobin’s denies the claims.

For additional details, see the Boston.com story.

The co-owners, in the documents filed in April, accused Tobins of using $750,000 of company money for personal use, including purchasing an airplane, as well as for trips to Nantucket and the Cayman Islands, according to Boston.com He is also accused of paying his wife with company money despite her not being an employee. 

The lawsuit also lists Tobin’s wife, Stefany, for allegedly receiving the payments and the company’s chief financial officer, David Marcus, for listing Tobin’s personal expenses as business charges, according to Boston.com.

The bitter dispute is the latest chapter in the company’s recent woes. Federal authorities are investigating whether the company harbored and exploited illegal immigrant workers, according to Boston.com Two former workers at the company have filed a lawsuit claiming Upper Crust garnished overtime pay the Department of Justice ordered the firm to pay after a federal wage investigation., according to Boston.com.

Joe Slack June 15, 2012 at 11:39 AM
Owners are just a bunch of thieves.........do not support them and get them out of Lexington.
Aron Levy June 15, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Hear, hear. While I've always liked their pizza, it's very overpriced. And since this news broke, I've avoided them like the plague. The sooner they're gone, the better.
Skip Adams June 17, 2012 at 12:56 AM
I worked for a Lexi company where the CFO did exactly the same. He was asked to leave and the company was sold - paying off senior management and leaving the stockholders with zero "after expenses". At least the pizza boys are exposed.
steve d January 09, 2013 at 09:19 PM
if they are illegal immigrants,they shouldn't be working here! what happened to high school and college students working part time at a business like this? i know families are much smaller today than 30 or 40 years ago,but a part time job is a great instructional tool.lets not baby are children!


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