Feds: Colorado couple failed to pay delivery drivers
March 26, 2010
DENVER (AP) – A Colorado couple is accused of failing to pay nearly $380,000 to their company’s drivers, who were delivering mail for the U.S. Postal Service, federal prosecutors said Thursday.
Prosecutors accuse George Grunden Sr., 45, and Renza Grunden, 43, of forcing the employees of their trucking company to sometimes work more than 70 hours without the required 36-hour break and failed to pay them the wages mandated by the Postal Service contract.
Prosecutors allege the violations happened from June 2003 to May 2009 while the couple operated Colorado’s Choice One Delivery Service, which serviced eight routes for the Postal Service across Colorado.
The couple was arrested Thursday and advised that they face charges of fraud and making false statements. Prosecutors said the two gave the Department of Labor false information about how much they paid their workers.
Renza Grunden is free on a personal recognizance bond, meaning she doesn’t have to post any money and her husband is free on a $50,000 unsecured bond, meaning he doesn’t have to post that amount unless he misses court.
Both are due in court to be arraigned April 2. John Chanin, George Grunden’s attorney, said he couldn’t comment on the case.