Five Massachusetts nursing homes cited for wage theft

By News Staff


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NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WLNE) – The owners of five Massachusetts nursing homes that closed in May are now being fined nearly $85,000 for wage theft.

According to Attorney General Maura Healey’s office, owners failed to properly pay more than 100 workers.

The Attorney General’s office said it received dozens of complaints from employees saying they were either paid late, or they couldn’t cash their checks due to insufficient funds.

Owners Joseph Schwartz and Michael Schwartz were issued 15 citations for failing to pay 106 employees or provide pay stubs to 369 employees.

A court-appointed receiver, KCP Advisory Group, was able to fully pay employees’ back wages, totaling $64,749.

“Skyline’s owner and operator stole from their employees and created staffing shortages that endangered the health and safety of their elderly residents,” said Healey. “We expect nursing home operators to maintain the safe and dignified environment that residents and workers deserve.” 

The five nursing homes were ordered by the state to close in April, leaving nearly 250 elderly residents without a place to live.

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