Report: Schilling Company Stopped Paying Staff Three Weeks Before Layoffs

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Rhode Island is investigating complaints that former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling’s video game company stopped paying its workers three weeks before it laid off its entire staff.

State Department of Labor and Training spokeswoman Laura Hart confirmed the investigation into 38 Studios on

Thursday, but declined to comment further.

The unpaid wage claims were first reported by The Boston Globe .

Former employees of the company told the newspaper that 38 Studios stopped issuing paychecks after April 30.

The video game company was lured to Rhode Island from Massachusetts in 2010 with a $75 million loan guarantee from the state. The firm laid off its staff last week.

Schilling did not immediately return a message on Thursday.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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