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Sovereign Health's inability to pay employees leaves man homeless

Posted at 10:10 AM, Jun 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-03 10:12:19-04

FORT MYERS, Fla., -- A driver for Sovereign Health, a rehab center in Fort Myers, says he's now homeless because of the center's inability to pay employees. He claims the facility is a month behind in the pay cycle. 

"“Pay us, man. You know, pay us," said Eugene, the driver for the facility. 

After the facility confirmed with 4 in your corner that they were behind two paychecks, Eugene reached out for help. Just days later, the driver says he was given a paycheck but it wasn't the full amount he was owed. 

"I love Sovereign health, but I'm hungry and I'm homeless," he said. 

Eugene says the company still owes him two paychecks. When Fox 4 reached out to the rehab facility two weeks ago, they confirmed they were behind in payments. 

The Department of Children and Families gave this statement to Fox 4: 

"We are actively reviewing the concerning issues regarding the financial viability of the facility. At this time, the information we can share is limited while we continue the licensure review."

According to another former employee, however, payroll was only part of the problem with the facility. 

“They took money out of our paychecks last year and never paid our insurance," said Jill Martin, a former driver with Sovereign. Martin says she quit three weeks ago and the facility owes her nearly $15,000 in health insurance. 

Fox 4 reached out several times to Sovereign Health for a follow up comment to the claims, but we did not receive a response.