Winston-Salem business accused of not paying employees

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The owners of the locally owned and operated Maid Brigade in Winston-Salem are accused of writing bad checks to their employees, going weeks without paying them.

Cliff and Marie Keith, owners of the cleaning company, would not comment on the accusation when they returned to their office late Monday night.  

Brittany Tate said she took a job with Maid Brigade two weeks ago to help pay her way through college.

"I just want my paycheck, that is all I want," she said, outside the office. "Both paychecks have bounced," she said.

Employee Nancy Leun said she has been trying to get paid for two weeks. She said her past two paychecks were considered no good when she went to the bank the checks were drawn from.

"They can't find [Cliff] in their system.  When you pull up the account a different name is coming up," Leun said.

A customer service representative with Maid Brigade, based in Atlanta, said they've received several calls about their Winston-Salem franchise including calls from police.  The customer service representative said neither Cliff or Marie Keith will return their calls.

The couple said they called police Monday night to be present as they wrote Leun a check for one week of work.  Leun said the couple told her another check would be sent in the mail after they received proof of insufficient funds on a second check. 

Brittany Tate said the couple didn't pay her, suggesting she try the checks again and return with proof if the checks come back for insufficient funds.