Owners of Billy's Boudin and Cracklins are having to pay fines and back pay to their workers following an investigation from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Our news partner, KATC, reported the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division found management at the popular food preparer payed employees with cash and used duplicate books to avoid having to pay overtime.

Through the investigation, officials discovered management was using their unpaid wages to lower costs and increase profits.

The business is now required to pay $112,724 in back pay to 102 employees and $25,750 in civil penalties.

In addition, management agreed to a set of standards and practices that will educate its employees on-and maintain the businesses compliance-with the Fair Labor and Standards Act.

Owners Billy Frey II and wife Patsy Frey own and operate Billy's Mini Mart and Diner, in Krotz Springs; Billy's Boudin and Cracklns, in Scott; and Ray's, in Opelousas.