Owner of failed Mystic burrito shop deep in debt

MYSTIC, Conn. (AP) — The businessman who got $150,000 in state aid to open a now-closed burrito shop in Mystic got the money even though he faced 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 Day of New London reports that in his application for the money under Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s Small Business Express Program, Gilbertie was asked if he was involved in any “pending, outstanding or expected litigation.” Gilbertie checked the “No” box.

The state says it is investigating.

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

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