Kismet Advocacy LLC Owner Speaks Out After Employees Leave Company Over NSF Checks, Ex-Worker Responds

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – Dozens of employees have still not been paid after leaving the Kismet Advocacy LLC building in Green Bay in early July after their checks continued to bounce. Now the owner says it’s his fault.

It’s a story Action 2 News has been following since the walkout when a few employees contacted us, on condition of anonymity, saying they hadn’t been paid for weeks. The business was supposed to be closed for 30 days after the employees left, but it’s been over a month and the workers still haven’t received a paycheck.

We are told that they were pressured into making the difficult decision to leave the company because if it were up to them, they would still be working with their clients who need behavioral health services.

“Our checks were supposed to be deposited directly. They weren’t. These were paper checks. It was excuse, after excuse, after excuse why they weren’t dropped off right away. Our checks were bouncing,” said a former employee. “And it’s now been over 30 days, and it hasn’t reopened. She did nothing. »

They say the owner, Amy Jo Timm, is hard to reach.

“It’s just that there is absolutely no contact with her. She doesn’t respond to people,” a former employee said.

After several phone calls, Amy Jo Timm called Action 2 News around 3 p.m. Wednesday. She said she expects large bills from 2022, and blames her for mishandling the bills for personal reasons.

“Ultimately, it falls on me. And it was me who didn’t do the double checking – the checks and balances that I was required to do. And that’s why those staff are suffering,” Timm said.

She said distractions in her personal life were to blame and she plans to pay her employees. When Action 2 News asked when that might be, she got no response. But she said she also had not been paid and added that she had used all the money she had to pay her employees.

“My cell phone died. My WPS also died. One of my vehicles was repossessed,” she said.

Action 2 News asked her about overdue tax warrants filed against her business by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. She said some of them have been reimbursed and are now using Facebook Marketplace to liquidate company assets to keep the building running.

Michelle Smith, a former employee who decided to waive her anonymity, said Timm kept changing stories and giving different excuses. Smith said she’s been working with Timm since before the company was founded, and red flags started popping up earlier this year.

Smith said employees also had health insurance deducted from their pay, but never received the benefits.

“There is a lot of money coming from the county. She should be able to pay us all and be able to save money for the company,” Smith said.

She said Timm kept changing the story and offering different excuses. She is sick of it.

” I have no money. I ended up finding another job. I had to borrow money. I couldn’t get my medicine. I’m really frustrated that this is continuing,” Smith said.

She added that she also needs to borrow money from her mother and no one should have to.

Timm said she was trying to work things out.

“Truly, I’m so sorry for the lack of attention that led to this. I thought it was going to be okay. I thought it was going to be okay. I thought it was going to be okay. And when it n It’s not, it’s affected everybody…every employee that’s worked here,” Timm said.

However, Smith did not accept the apology.

“I don’t know how you can live with yourself knowing that’s what you did. What you’ve done to families and what you’ve done to staff,” Smith said.

Smith said she felt awful for families who needed the company’s behavioral health services.

Tim said the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development served him with a subpoena. She must now submit evidence to back up her claims on August 30.

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