Upper Crust Pizzeria said Tuesday that it has placed founder Jordan Tobins on leave after he allegedly used company funds for personal expenses.
Franklin Levy, an attorney representing Upper Crust and its two other co-owners, Josh Huggard and Brendan Higgins, said Tobins was placed on leave several weeks ago because of “personal use of company funds’’ and that “the matters are being dealt with internally.’’
Tobins’s lawyer, Scott Ford, said, “Mr. Tobins and his partners are working together to resolve certain business issues between them so that the Upper Crust business will continue to prosper.’’
It was unclear when or whether Tobins will return to the gourmet pizza company he started in 2001. The management shake-up comes as the chain faces ongoing federal investigations and lawsuits involving its labor practices.
Tobins is also required to obtain court approval before transferring any personal assets, under a temporary restraining order obtained last month by five former employees who are suing Upper Crust over alleged labor law violations. Those assets include his roughly 40 percent stake in the local pizza chain and a yacht he recently listed for sale on eBay for $680,000.
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