VIDEO: Firefighters with Pinellas Suncoast Fire Rescue have been spent the last week scrambling to get their finances in order after a payroll company made unauthorized withdrawals from their bank accounts.
Some of the firefighters say their checking accounts were totally depleted, creating a slew of problems with bills, rent, and other payments due at the beginning of the month.
When New York-based payroll processor MyPayrollHR went belly up last week, it created a domino effect of financial problems for its 4,000 clients nationwide, including PSFR.
Last Thursday, all employees saw their most recent direct deposit disappear from their accounts. The following day, the same amount was removed from employees’ accounts again.
“It was an illegal, unlawful, unauthorized removal of money from their account,” said PSFR finance director David Martin.