CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Pauline Belleville waits for the mailman every day.
“He goes, ‘Pauline, no check,’ because he knows what I’m waiting for,” Belleville told Call 12 for Action.
Over the summer, Belleville briefly worked for Providence’s Clearview Cleaning Service in Cranston. The owner listed on the company’s business card is Adam Ger.
“I worked, got my check, deposited it, and it didn’t clear,” Belleville said. “[Ger] promised he would send out another one. Here it is September and I’m still waiting.”
Belleville says she’s waiting for a check for her final week of work with the company. In all, she says she’s owed about $600 and had to move in with her son and his family because she couldn’t afford her rent.
“I’m his mother,” Belleville said, holding back tears. “He shouldn’t have to support me, and he is.”
Miriam Sanchez says she’s also waiting for her final paycheck, worth about $220, from the cleaning company.
“I worked for it. I earned it. I want it,” Sanchez said. “[Ger] said he let me go because I wasn’t a good fit for the company.”
Call 12 for Action went to the company for answers. We found the office locked up and one of the business phone numbers disconnected.
We finally reached Ger on his cell phone. He said he was not available for an on-camera interview but said his business is temporarily closed due to his health issues.
In a separate voicemail, Ger told Call 12 for Action, “All our employees that have ever worked for us have all received final paychecks.”
This – despite a text message Belleville says she recently received from Ger, which said, “We are aware you still have checks owed.”
In a follow-up conversation, Ger claimed Belleville only has one outstanding check and he said it was reissued Tuesday, following Call 12 for Action’s inquiry.
Ger also said Sanchez’s final paycheck was returned to his office because she moved without a forwarding address.
Belleville and Sanchez both say they’ve reported their complaints to the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (DLT).
A spokesperson for the DLT said she was not able to say whether there’s an open investigation into Clearview Cleaning Service, but said there was a wage complaint against the company in 2016. In that case, Clearview Cleaning Service paid $220 in back wages.