Employees claim they received bogus paychecks

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PIEDMONT,Okla. -- Employees at the Timber Lodge Grill  claim they put in the time, but received bogus checks.

Those making the allegations have proof to go along with their testimonies.

It doesn't stop at bogus checks; former employees say there's a bigger story behind what is going on at the Timber Lodge Grill.

Timber Lodge Grill opened up just four months ago, and the owner was already facing some serious trouble.

"This is my bank statement of where the check bounced, and then this, right here, is the overdraft fee it charged me," Daniel Warner, a former manager at the restaurant, says.

Warner received a paycheck for over $1,200 that was completely bogus.

"I notified him, he ran around and grabbed all the money in the restaurant he could get to pay me, and it wasn't enough. I said, 'That's okay, you got close, I'll allow you to pay me when you can.' And he agreed," Warner said.

But Warner never saw the rest of the money.

"He still owes me the pending balance for these and the overdraft fees," Warner says.

So Warner got fed up, and eventually quit his job.

"I left because my checks were bouncing, and I didn't have the proper funds to be able to establish my family and continue working there," Warner says.

Aerin Clark had the same issue.

"My final paycheck, I've attempted to cash it at their bank and they can't cash it," Clark said.

NewsChannel 4 went to the bank to see what was really going on. The bank sent Clark away with no money, and stiff advice to contact the employer.

"It's becoming a vicious cycle of these employees coming in, coming in, doing this work for them, not getting paid," Clark said.

So NewsChannel 4 kept digging until we got some answers.

"The account of somebody having bad checks, I have a full staff back there that's getting paid," Dwain Guthrie, owner of Timber Lodge Grill, says.

The owner didn't quite answer our question, so we asked him if the former employees were lying.

"I'm not cheating anybody, I'm not stealing from anybody, I'm just trying to get by," Guthrie says.

He also admitted there were money problems, but that he wasn't a bad person.

"I'm not going to sit here and play the victim, it's just small business. We're doing what we can to keep going," Guthrie said.

But the former employees say they're the ones who are victims.

"I gave him the time, he owes me the money," Warner said.

"They apparently have no business running a business," Clark says.

We did learn earlier today, after five days of asking questions, that Aerin Clark finally got her check cashed.

We also learned the owner of Timber Lodge Grill has been in trouble for writing bogus checks before, and is currently in a lawsuit with a financial partner who is making similar allegations to the two employees.

Click the link to see other claims made against Guthrie: Document Available (#1027941232)

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