Mar 30, 2012 at 3:08 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The owner of a central Minnesota trucking company is accused of swindling dozens of his employees of their legal wages.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman alleges that 64-year-old Gary Francis Bauerly of Rice used several schemes to avoid paying the full prevailing wages his workers had earned.
Freeman alleges that Bauerly pocketed about $52,000.
The Star Tribune (http://bit.ly/HlLoj7) reports the contracts that Bauerly allegedly skimmed were public road construction projects that involved the state, four counties and three cities.
Bauerly owns WATAB, a trucking firm based in Rice and St. Cloud. He was charged Thursday with theft by swindle over $35,000.
A phone number for his home or business could not be found.
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