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NYC pays ex-fast-food worker $437,000 to settle Big Mac glass case

Posted On: Nov. 21, 2014 12:00 AM CST

(Reuters) — A former McDonald's worker accused and later cleared of putting glass shards in a police officer's hamburger will be paid a $437,000 settlement by the city of New York, authorities said on Friday.

Albert Garcia, who was working the grill at a McDonald's in the Bronx, was arrested in 2005 after New York Police Officer John Florio accused him of putting broken glass in his Big Mac, Garcia's attorney said.

Then 18, Mr. Garcia confessed but later recanted, saying his admission was forced, attorney Raymond Aab said on his law firm's website.

Mr. Garcia was acquitted of all charges stemming from the case in 2010, and he sued the city and the officer, Mr. Aab said.

“The settlement was considered to be in the best interest of the parties,” a spokeswoman for the city's Law Department said. She did not provide any further details.

Mr. Aab claimed on the law firm's website that Mr. Florio concocted the broken glass story in order to win money from McDonald's. The officer sued McDonald's for $6 million but later settled for $15,000, he said.

Neither Mr. Aab nor Mr. Florio's former attorney, Richard Kenny, nor a representative of McDonald's could immediately be reached for comment.