UPDATE: Late Thursday evening after this story was broadcast Ms. Booth did return our phone call and then sent the statement below. We hope to interview Ms. Booth in the near future about this situation.
"Thursday, October 11, 2012
The accusations Cathy Whatley of Lonoke has made against myself and the Americans Home Care for Seniors are false. Cathy Whatley was released of her duties for FORGING her times sheets after asking to be fraudulently paid under the table because she is currently on social security disability. She then became combative and now has become retaliatory.
When we tried to present Cathy Whatley with her correct paycheck at the office in the presence of three witnesses, Cathy Whatley refused to accept her check because it was not for the amount on the FORGED time sheets she turned in to the office.
Last year she pledged to a federal judge she would stay out of trouble, which helped her stay out of jail.
But some are now questioning Dara Booth's sincerity.
We have a new wrinkle to an old case.
Dara Booth told federal judge D.P. Marshall prior to being sentenced that she had made mistakes with money and had learned her lesson.
Three years ago Seven-On-Your-Side was contacted by employees of Dara Booth's company…Arkansas Home Care for Seniors…who said they weren't getting paid.
But it was a failure to pay taxes, not employees, that got booth in big trouble.
Booth was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to pay $278,000 to the IRS.
The government allowed Booth to keep working for a relative (her mother)…something normally forbidden during a federal probation period.
"I saw an ad in the paper and I answered the ad," explains Cathy Whaley of Lonoke, one of the employees who says Booth owes her money.
"And what were you assigned to do? What did you do?"
"To take care of a little elderly person over in west Little Rock," says Whaley.
"And why did you stop?"
"She wouldn't pay me," says Whaley.
Just a year into her probation and we are hearing from new employees of Americans Home Care for Seniors who have an old complaint: trouble getting paid.
"She is taking their money and then she is not paying us," says Whaley. "So she is keeping their money, you know, keeping it for herself. I think she needs to be shut down and put in jail for what she is doing to the elderly and the employees that work for her. And I know there are others out there like me that didn't get their money also. They're just afraid to come forward."
We are waiting and hoping to hear from both Dara Booth and the federal prosecutor in this case.
Air date: October 11th, 2012
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