The founder and president of Sensory Sweep Studios, David Rushton, has been sentenced to a year in prison and fined $1.2 million for not paying staff wages, the Washington Post reports.
The Utah-based Sensory Sweep Studios is best known for working on Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005, Street Fighter 2: Hyper Fighting, and Justice League Heroes. In 2009 Rushton was named a co-defendent in a wage claim lawsuit where the filing claimed that he owed his employees more than two million dollars in wages and violated the Fair Labor Standards Act.
A game designer who used to work at Sensory Sweep, Adam Hunter, told the Washington Post: "We had occasional paychecks that trickled in. Some people were favored more than others."
Hunter says he was owed $12,000 after quitting in 2009.
Court records show that Rushton has a history of failing to pay wages, payroll taxes and 401(k) contributions, which resulted in his imprisonment for six months in 2010 for tax fraud and racketeering. He began his most recent sentence on October 10th.
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