Boston restaurant owner gets $5 million in settlements

Boston, MA — The owners of several restaurants in Massachusetts got $5.7 million from the state after pleading guilty to charges they violated state and federal health and safety laws.

The restaurants were involved in an elaborate system of cooking, cleaning and storing food that was supposed to be cooked in a refrigerated space and then transported to customers in a sealed container.

But the state’s Food and Drug Administration says the restaurants sold the food to customers at a time when they had no way of knowing that it was contaminated.

The FDA says the state will pay $2.7 billion in restitution to more than 5,500 restaurants and hotels.

The owners, Thomas and Lola M. Mcclure, pleaded guilty in June to criminal violations of the federal Food and Foodborne Illness Act and the state food safety laws, the state Department of Consumer Protection said in a statement.

The Mcclsures settled the state charges in September 2016, agreeing to pay $5,000 each to the states attorney general and the attorney general’s office and pay $3.4 million in civil penalties, the department said.

In October, the Mcclusures agreed to pay a $4.4 billion civil penalty and pay another $1.3 billion in civil restitution to restaurants and other property owners.

In August, the owners agreed to forfeit $4 million to the state and to pay another million in restitution.