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Video game developer jailed for failing to pay wages

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The developer of popular video games including "Alvin and the Chipmunks" and "Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005" is serving a year-long jail sentence for failing to pay more than 100 employees their wages.
PAUL FOY
Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The developer of popular video games including "Alvin and the Chipmunks" and "Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005" is serving a year-long jail sentence for failing to pay more than 100 employees their wages.

The Utah Attorney General's Office says 57-year-old David M. Rushton owes $1.2 million in a rare criminal case for nonpayment of wages.

Rushton started his sentence Oct. 10. State officials say he has a long history of failing to pay wages, payroll taxes and 401(k) contributions to employees.

This is Rushton's second time in jail. In 2010, he was sentenced to six months for tax fraud and racketeering.

Rushton did business as Sensory Sweep Studio and Fooptube LLC. The companies also produced the video games "Jackass: The Game" and "Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting."

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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