- Associated Press - Friday, January 24, 2014

MYSTIC, Conn. (AP) - The businessman who got nearly $150,000 in state aid to open a now-closed burrito shop in Mystic got the money despite facing almost $730,000 in debt.

Tyler Gilbertie, principal of Gilbertie's Restaurant LLC of Colchester, got the money from the Department of Economic and Community Development even though there were two foreclosure actions and a collections case pending against him in state courts.

The three cases against Gilbertie all would have been listed on the state Judicial Department website before the funding was announced in June 2012.

Gilbertie, on his application for the money under Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s Small Business Express Program, checked the “no” box next to the question asking if he was involved in any “pending, outstanding or expected litigation,” according to a report Friday in The Day of New London (http://bit.ly/1mQKoKB ). He got a nearly $50,000 grant and a $100,000 loan.

Gilbertie, who filed for bankruptcy in November, could not be reached at the phone numbers on his application.

The application states that making a false statement on it is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison.

DECD Deputy Commissioner Ronald Angelo said the agency was investigating and “would pursue all remedies if and when they are needed.”

The agency is also taking possession of the equipment in the closed shop and will either reuse or sell it.

Angelo said DECD based its decision on the application and a review of Gilbertie's company, not his personal life.

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Information from: The Day, http://www.theday.com

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