Court: SC man made to work without pay entitled to $546K

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Chris Smith (Photo: WPDE)

CONWAY, SC (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that a man with intellectual disabilities who was forced to work more than 100 hours a week without pay in a South Carolina restaurant is entitled to double the amount of restitution a judge originally ordered his former manager to pay.

Bobby Paul Edwards (Photo: J Reuben Long)

A federal judge ordered Bobby Edwards to pay John Christopher Smith nearly $273,000 in restitution for unpaid wages and overtime over a five-year period. But the Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last month the judge should have doubled that amount, to about $546,000, by including liquidated damages.

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Edwards pleaded guilty to forced labor and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.