You just knew all those free pizza and half-off advertisements meant they had to be getting their money from somewhere else! A Papa John’s franchise owner, has pled guilty to charges of illegal wage theft, according to reports. Sadly, we’re not talking about the guy in the commercials, who would be the founder, John H. Schnatter, though that would’ve been utterly hilarious.
Abdul Jamil Khokhar, who has been convicted of illegally stealing employee wages, is, or was, the owner of the Bronx based operations of the franchise, so if you regularly purchase from Papa John’s outside of the Bronx, then rest assured everything is kosher. Well, not if you get meat toppings… you know what I mean, it is a figure of speech.
“Wage theft is a crime and a Papa John’s franchisee is now going to jail for cheating his employees and trying to cover it up,” said New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, “My office will do everything in its power to protect the rights of New York’s workers and make sure that all employers – including fast food restaurants – follow the law.”
Schneiderman really hates wage theft… and fantasy sports. In fact, he’s fought against other Papa John’s restaurants in the past over similar accusations of wage theft. Or maybe he just doesn’t like their pizza.
The jail sentence was ordered this week and he will only spend a mere 60 days in the slammer. In addition to this, Khokhar will be expected to pay $280,000 in penalties and $230,000 in restitution to past and present employees.
Papa John’s has released the following statement: “These allegations do not reflect our position as a company. We have a strong track record of compliance with the law,” the spokesman said in a statement. “We do not condone the actions of any franchisee that violates the law. This particular franchisee has divested itself of most of its restaurants and is in the process of exiting the system. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and take appropriate action.”
And yes, the guy from the commercial really is the founder, who, according to our research, probably has nothing to do with the crime. No, he’s not an ageless actor. And yes, his first name really is John. What? It’s a very classy name… though he’s not the best example of the fine line of Johns to walk the earth.