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May 8, 2013 11:16 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

SF eateries pay $845K to settle health care claims

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's city attorney says his office has recovered nearly $845,000 from 19 restaurants that allegedly charged customers for the cost of complying with the city's universal health care law but did not use most of the money for that purpose.

City Attorney Dennis Herrera said Wednesday that the money had come from eateries that took advantage of a one-time amnesty program his office announced in January.

They include popular establishments such as 5A5 Steak Lounge, Cafe Flore, Amber India and the restaurants owned by chef Michael Mina.

As part of the program, restaurants with large gaps between the surcharges they collected from customers and the amount they spent on health care for their workers only had to pony up half of what the city claimed they owed.

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