Man blamed for Twisted Spigot and Ruby Tequila’s closures could serve prison time in California
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The man former employees blame for the unexpected closure of Ruby Tequila’s and the Twisted Spigot, could spend years behind bars, but not for anything he is accused of doing on the South Plains.
In 2017, Ruby Tequila’s locations in Lubbock and Amarillo along with the Twisted Spigots unexpectedly closed.
Employees claimed the man who ran the businesses, Richard Kevin Foote, had not paid them in weeks.
Many of those workers came together to file a lawsuit against Foote and his company, alleging the Fair Labor Standards Act and Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act were violated, since notice of the mass layoffs and the required steps to help former employees find employment were not met.
While there is no resolution on the South Plains, Foote did plead guilty on March 28, 2019 in California to six counts of grand theft with enhancements.
According to the Orange County, California District Attorney’s Office, Foote admitted to costing his business partners $470,000.
In addition, he admitted to writing a check for more than $40,000, money he did not have in the bank.
Foote, who is expected to serve roughly three years in a state prison, is scheduled to be sentenced on April 25th.
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