Latitude 360 owner accused of bouncing 439 paychecks turns himself in
The owner of the defunct Latitude 360 chain of entertainment complexes turned himself in Monday on charges that he knowingly bounced paychecks for employees at his former North Fayette location.
Brent Brown, a Montour High School graduate who lives in Jacksonville, Fla., was arraigned before District Judge Anthony Saveikis and released on his own recognizance.
The Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office filed one count of theft of services, a felony, and 33 counts of writing bad checks late last month after a total of 439 employee paychecks could not be deposited between September 2015 and March 2016 because the business had insufficient funds to pay them.
According to a Facebook post by the District Attorney’s Office, the investigation into Brown began with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry’s efforts to enforce wage laws and ensure that employees are paid. The case was referred to the county for prosecution.
Latitude 360 had locations in North Fayette, Jacksonville and Indianapolis. The latter two closed in January 2016 amid lawsuits over back rent and an unpaid loan from the landlord. The Pittsburgh location closed in March after it received an eviction notice and repeatedly failed to pay its Allegheny County drink taxes.
Brown’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 25. His attorney, Bill Difenderfer, could not be reached.
Matthew Santoni is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724 836 6660, email@example.com or via Twitter @msantoni.