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Inmate owes former employees, state more than $10,000

LOCKPORT – Three former employees of Niagara Falls’ defunct Electro-Dyn Choke Corp. are owed back pay and interest, while the state Labor Department imposed damages and civil penalties on the owner in an order filed last week.

However, the chances of payment may be reduced by the fact that the company’s owner is serving a 25-year prison sentence for attempted murder.

Notwithstanding that, the Labor Department issued an order against Timothy C. DePetris, commanding him to pay a total of $10,522.35. That includes $2,406.75 in unpaid wages for the three workers, plus $903.78 in interest. The rest of the tab comprises damages and civil penalties tacked on by the Labor Department. The order was filed after DePetris didn’t respond to an October 2013 dunning notice.

At that time, DePetris was already in jail, having been arrested March 30, 2013, for the shooting of his brother-in-law in a business dispute. Attorneys said during the criminal proceedings that DePetris gambled away more than $1 million at Seneca Niagara Casino.

DePetris, 46, is serving his sentence at Great Meadow Correctional Facility in Washington County. He’s not eligible for parole until 2034.