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Bank vs. Business: Employers stuck in the middle

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Story by Paul Shahen
Eyewitness News Reporter

CATOOSA COUNTY, GA. (WRCB)-- A North Georgia company, in business for more than two decades, has shut its doors for good.

Before closing, Fuller Rehabilitation sent out final paychecks for its employees.

But, that money was soon taken back.

It's not just the checks they're missing, but overdraft fees have been piling up.

And, employees were left with a lot of unanswered questions.

"My daughter's college text books I purchased, now they're knocking on the door wanting their money, just not sure what to do on this front," says Lenny Wilson.

Lenny Wilson is $500 in the hole after spending money he thought he had.

Dozens of former Fuller Rehabilitation employees are living the same nightmare, if not worse.

Their final paycheck, deposited in full, then disappeared.

Where did it go?

"That's a good question, that's why we're here today, trying to figure out who pulled the trigger and pulled it back. It's six days later, we were living on that money," says Wilson.

Channel 3 spoke with Fuller's bank, Northwest Georgia Bank.

They say it's not that they don't know where the money is, but such information is confidential.

"At this point, we are confident that this bank has not done anything that we don't have the rights to do," says E. Scott Smith, President and COO of Northwest Georgia Bank.

Disgruntled employees also met with the bank Friday, again no answers.

They were worried that Fuller took back their money.

We tracked down founder and Chairman Mike Fuller, who had just finished filing for bankruptcy.

Fuller was sympathetic to his employees, he made it clear that he did pay the payroll to the bank, and did not retract any money.

"My feeling was that the attorney told the bank to hold off, and I'd say they did it, they instructed the bank to do that," says Fuller. "No it wasn't me, it's there, and they still have the money and the taxes."

Fuller says by saying what he knows is the truth, he's hoping that his former employees get their money faster.

Eyewitness News will continue to follow this story as it unfolds, and bring you the latest.

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