HALE CENTER, TX -- Employees at a Hale Center nursing home say they haven't been paid in weeks.
"I mean, I can't continue to work for free," according to Hope Hallcy, who's worked at the home for nearly a decade. But, after not getting paid for weeks, she says it was time to call it quits. "I've got a family to take care of, so, I had to go get another job. my supervisor even left me a message yesterday saying that we would pick up our paychecks yesterday, and that I could do with it what I wanted to...no, I can't do with it what I want to, because I want to cash it, and I can't!"
Hallcy says it's because the nursing home's bank account has been frozen. And now, her own account is overdrafted, since the last paycheck she tried to deposit bounced.
"we keep getting stories like 'oh we're waiting on the attorneys to take the hold off the account, but they still don't know when we're going to get paid," Hallcy says. "Phone calls get ignored, you get hung up on. It's just ridiculous."
Surprisingly, they didn't ignore every phone. The home's owner, Tava Porter, told us that a hold indeed had been placed on their bank account. However, she refused to say why.
EverythingLubbock.com has found that Porter is facing charges in both Hale and Lamb counties for "misapplication of fiduciary"....in simpler terms, spending other peoples' money in inappropriate ways.
"She's our boss, she signs our paychecks," Hallcy says. "She should have shown up and said 'Hey guys, I apologize, I'm doing the best that I can.' Then maybe we would have been more willing to work with her, because she took the time to say 'You know what, y'all do matter to me.'"