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Employees speak out after company closes while owing them two paychecks

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Workers at Pro Health Home Care Agency tells us, the closure comes during a time when the boss still owes them two paychecks. Workers at Pro Health Home Care Agency tells us, the closure comes during a time when the boss still owes them two paychecks.

CHADBOURN, NC (WECT) - A home healthcare agency in Columbus County closed, leaving dozens of employees and clients wondering about their future.

Workers at Pro Health Home Care Agency tells us, the closure comes during a time when the boss still owes them two paychecks. Supervisors at Pro Health Home Care Agency in Chadbourn refused to talk with us Wednesday. They even closed the blinds when they saw our camera, but employees didn't hold back.

"They spent the payroll money and they also spent my $1,500 plus all the other ladies Christmas savings," said Genora Graham. "To me that's embezzlement. Because I did not give anyone my permission to spend my Christmas savings."

Employees say they learned the day before Thanksgiving that they wouldn't be getting paid due to a glitch in medicaid. Workers tells us they don't believe medicaid is an issue with them getting paid. 

"This has happened before in Chadbourn with the same family," said FeFe Hymes.

"Like the lawyer said, if medicaid pulled the files, they're going after the company. They're not going to stop payroll against the workers, because we did nothing wrong," added Graham. 

Wednesday, there was a note on the door stating, "As of December 5th,  Pro Home Health is closed." Clients like, Anna Shipman, depend on nurses from the agency. She is concerned with where that leaves her.

"Oh Lord, right now it's hard to say. It's leading me back to more doctors. To try and get me some more PCS services going in my home. Because I can't get on my knees. I can't do any of this kind of stuff," said Shipman.

"I really want to talk with the boss lady," says Graham. "I don't want to hear it from anybody else. She owns the company. The money is her problem. She needs to come see us face to face and tell us, what's going on. If she will do that I might feel better about it."

We called the NC Labor Department and told them about the situation. They said since the employees are two cycles behind in pay, they could file a complaint with the wage and hour division, and from there, someone would investigate their accusations. 

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