Prosecutors say more than 100 New York high school students and dozens more in Chicago, Houston and Nashville, Tennessee, have been cheated out of promised paychecks by a "scam" charity.
The students were recruited to work at concession stands at Citi Field, Jones Beach Theater and venues in other cities.
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A Nassau County prosecutor says concessionaire Aramark Sports and Entertainment Services Inc. believed the students were volunteering for The Herron Foundation charity. She says Herron was paid $100,000 from the concession stands' income to support its charitable programs.
Prosecutors say Herron executives promised the teenage students would be paid $9 an hour. They say two Herron executives pocketed the cash instead.
The executives pleaded not guilty to grand larceny and other charges Thursday. Their lawyers say they are innocent.