Dog bone scammer

Swanzey businessman Angelo Nastovski after he was extradited back to Massachusetts to face felony larceny charges. Nastovski has been ordered to pay his New Hampshire employees $28,000 in back wages in a separate case.

SWANZEY — Angelo Nastovski claimed he didn’t have employees at his startup dog chew toy company, Better Bones Inc., but he is going to have to pay them anyway after the state found him liable for $28,000 in unpaid wages.

Deputy Labor Commissioner Rudolph Ogden said Nastovski was found to owe the money in a decision handed down this week.

“The decision issued found that, yes, there were individuals engaged in employment, and they were owed wages,” Ogden said.

Nastovski, 56, was first cited in January after a Department of Labor report found that four employees were owed at least $28,000 for work they did for the company. Nastovski called the report a “sham” and stated the individuals in question were never employees.

During his March hearing before a labor board in Concord, Nastovski was arrested by New Hampshire State Police on an active arrest warrant out of Massachusetts. Marshfield, Mass., Police contend that Nastovski ran an internet scam that took thousands from a senior citizen in 2018. Nastovski engaged in a deal to repair marine equipment, according to Marshfield police. He was charged with felony larceny.

“The suspect met with the victim and took over $3,000 cash as well as thousands of dollars’ worth of marine equipment which he was to repair for the victim. At this point the suspect ceased all communication with the victim,” Marsfield police state.

Nastovski has since been released from custody in Massachusetts, and was able to attend a hearing last month in Concord to complete the case dealing with Better Bones. Ogden said Nastovski still has up to 20 days to appeal the decision. If the fines hold up on appeal, or if the appeals are not made, the employees will be able to go to court and seek an order to compel Nastovski to pay them the wages.

Representatives with the Plymouth, Mass., District Attorney’s office did not respond to a query about the status of the criminal case against Nastovski in Massachusetts.