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A bigger bill for labor abuses

State collects $11m in fines, taxes for 2011; Enforcement efforts increased, report says

Massachusetts investigators nearly doubled the amount of money collected last year from employers caught violating the state’s minimum wage and tax laws, reflecting exploitation of workers in a range of industries, according to a new report.

The state’s task force on the so-called underground economy recovered nearly $11 million in fines, back taxes, and unpaid wages from employers in 2011, up from $6.5 million in 2010 and $1.4 million in 2009.

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