ST. PETERSBURG - Just days after 800 employees at St. Petersburg-based Universal Health Care were told Friday would be their last day, an employee tells ABC Action News that they were told by the FBI to leave the building this morning.
Jessica Jines is one of hundreds who learned her company was taken over by the state of Florida amid allegations of financial mismanagement. ( http://wfts.tv/ZzDwFy )
Hines said that while she was at work Thursday morning, about 20 FBI agents entered the corporate building in downtown St. Pete.
David Couvertier, the Tampa Field FBI spokesperson tells us the FBI was assisting in a Health and Human Services-led HCF "Strike Force search operation."
He said the operation began about 8:15 this morning and computer forensic searches were conducted at the office.
Hines said the FBI agents yelled for everyone to get their hands off of their computers and stop what they were doing.
Only twenty were allowed to stay in order to take member calls and another nine stayed in the pharmacy.
Employees had already received the disappointing news that their paid time off (PTO) would not be honored.
That meant that Jines, who recently wed and took time off for her honeymoon, will not be paid.
The only money she may be slated to receive is unemployment, which will come in at $6 per hour compared to the $21 per hour she was earning.
While employees are not permitted to go back to their desks, they are allowed to attend a job fair scheduled for them between 9:00 a.m. and noon Thursday.
Twenty companies are expected to show up.