WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) _ The Connecticut Department of Labor has accused a business owner of failing to pay $469,000 in wages owed to 65 workers between June 2011 and last January.  

 The agency said Friday it issued an arrest warrant for Arturo Mota, the owner of Mota Brothers Asbestos LLC in Hartford.  

 A phone listed in the business’ name was not in order on Friday and it was not known if Mota is represented by a lawyer.  

 Labor Commissioner Sharon Palmer said the agency gave Mota several opportunities to pay employees. She says he admitted he falsified payrolls on 10 construction projects, a felony.  

Labor officials accused Mota of failing to pay the prevailing wage, file certified payrolls, pay money that’s due and falsifying certified payrolls.

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