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Durham construction workers receive paychecks, questions remain

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DURHAM, N.C. -

After more than a month of waiting, some construction workers in Durham have their paychecks, but those checks come with new concerns.

WNCN Investigates broke the story Thursday about past due payments from Dayeco Construction and Landscaping.

Dayeco worker Michael David received his check Friday night. Even though he’s supposed to be paid every two weeks, the check is for work he did at the Southside Revitalization project between June 1 and July 17.

The long wait turned tedious Friday afternoon when workers were forced to travel to multiple locations in the hopes of getting paid.

"Stressed out,” said former Dayeco worker Robert Alston.“Weekend without a check. Stressed out. No answers. Nobody don't know nothing about no check again. Wild goose chase."

Several hours later, workers tell us some checks were handed out, but too late to cash.

After weeks of leaving unreturned phone messages, WNCN spoke with Dayeco owner Thomas Daye Friday night. He said some paychecks have been "a day or so late."

WNCN checked with the North Carolina Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Bureau. We were told Dayeco has been investigated 10 times since 2011. Two of those cases remain open.

Dayeco does have state contractor’s license, but WNCN uncovered it does not have a required license with the City of Durham.

“This is the first I’ve heard of it. It will be rectified,” Daye said.

WNCN also learned Daye faced charges in the past for embezzlement, securities fraud and obtaining property by false pretenses. He received 36 months probation.

“That happened in 2001. It’s now 2014,” Daye said.

He also said he runs a “respectable business.”

“Disgruntled employees will always say what they want,” he said.

Meanwhile, David has his check, but thinks it’s not for the full amount.

"Definitely I'm going to turn my pay stubs over to my caseworker and let her figure it out,” he said.

Daye is due in Durham court next month on a communicating threats charge. According to court documents, Daye told someone he was "a convict and gangster. I’ll kill you and your family.”

Friday night Daye said that situation had to do with a “disgruntled employee” who was fired.

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Justin Quesinberry

Justin is a reporter for WNCN and a North Carolina native. He has spent the better part of the last decade covering the news in central North Carolina.  More>>

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