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      Miyo's restaurant chain agrees to pay back wages after fed probe

      A Columbia restaurant chain has agreed to pay thousands of dollars in back wages as part of a federal investigation.

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH / AP) -- A Columbia restaurant chain has agreed to pay thousands of dollars in back wages as part of a federal investigation.

      The U.S. Department of Labor said Thursday that the Miyo's restaurant chain, which is individually owned and operated by Michelle Wang and Ray Cao, has agreed to pay 97 employees a total of more than $44,000. Federal authorities say the company was in violation of overtime, minimum wage and record-keeping provisions at all seven of its locations.

      Investigators said restaurant employees often worked more than 40 hours a week without any overtime pay. Authorities also say Miyo's also didn't keep accurate records of employees' work hours and wages.

      Wang had no comment on the matter when questioned by WACH Fox.

      Since 2009, federal officials say they have investigated more than 300 South Carolina restaurants, resulting in the recovery of more than $2.5 million in back wages.

      (The Associated Press contributed to this report.)