Brothers Benny and Nissan Pirian, owners of four Los Angeles area car washes, were each sentenced to one year behind bars and ordered to cough up $1.25 million in unpaid wages to 54 workers, according to La Opinion. The duo also received four years probation.
All this came as part of a plea agreement recently to settle a case that included criminal counts of conspiracy, grand theft and labor code violations. The pair pleaded no contest to the charges in exchange for the sentencing.
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The duo's establishments, long the target of a boycott list put out by Clean Carwash Campaign and the AFL-CIO, employed workers without giving them minimum wage, overtime, drinking water and other basics.
The $1.25 million will be split among the 54 workers.
According to the Clean Carwash Campaign, the following six car washes were affiliated with the Pirians and their family:
-Vermont Hand Wash, 1666 N. Vermont Ave., at Hollywood and Vermont, Los Angeles
-Hollywood Car Wash, 6200 W. Sunset Blvd., near Sunset and Vine, Los Angeles
-Celebrity Car Wash, 901 N. Vine St., south of Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles
-Five Star Car Wash, 9240 Reseda Blvd., north of Nordhoff St., Northridge
-Lawndale Car Wash, 17111 Hawthorne Blvd., at 171st St., Lawndale
-Magic Wand Car Wash, 2974 E. Florence Ave., near Marconi St., Huntington Park