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May 5, 2013

Legal, financial issues besiege nursing home

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“I’m just really worried about the residents,” Lawson said, expressing concern that the facility would be able to keep good employees after the repeated paycheck issues.

Courtney Hupp, who said she’s worked as a personal care aide in the assisted-living unit for 11 months, reportedly ran into Lawson at the Workforce office Tuesday afternoon after a failed attempt to get payment earlier in the day.

Crescent Senior Care owes her about $700, Hupp said, adding that rent was due and she had no money in her bank account.

“It’s kind of like being paid in Monopoly money,” Hupp said.

Hupp said it was her third bounced paycheck in a row from the facility, though the first two were eventually taken care of.

Debra Lewis, who said she’s worked as an LVN at the facility for about a month, said she took her April 22 check to a local check-cashing business rather than deposit it at her bank because of warnings from coworkers. After the check bounced, Lewis said the check-cashing business informed her they couldn’t reach Crescent Senior Care, and they might forward the $2,000 issue to prosecutors if it goes unaddressed.

An employee at ACE Cash Express in Weatherford told the Democrat that bounced checks written by Crescent have been a big problem for the business the last three to four months, adding that they’ve had issues with an estimated 40 checks per pay period.

Staff at the Weatherford Texas Workforce Commission office declined to answer questions on how many wage claims have been filed against Crescent Senior Care in recent months.

Vendors and lawsuits

Employees said there have been apparent issues with other services provided to the facility as well, including with the phone service and grocery vendor, though they have not caused significant impact to residents.

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