Former Employees Get Paychecks 11 Months Late

Former Employees Get Paychecks 11 Months Late

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CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) -- Dozens of former employees of a disbanded telemarketing company can get what they've waited nearly a year for -- their paycheck.

A telemarketing company owned by Brian Schofield with two other affiliated businesses -- Allied Teleservices and -- shut down Jan. 15 after federal agents raided them in a credit card fraud investigation.

A federal court issued an emergency order temporarily halting operations, freezing assets and appointing a receiver, which was to distribute the checks within 30 days.

"The receiver didn't have addresses for these people and mailed those to me," Schofield said. "I am responsible for getting those checks out to the people."

There are 60 outstanding checks. Schofield said employees who haven't received a payroll check should call him as soon as possible.

"It's great for the employees to finally get their checks ... and to be able to do this before Christmas time," Schofield said.

The closure of the businesses left as many as 150 people out of work. A settlement was reached by the Federal Trade Commission, but criminal charges are still pending.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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