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Local truck companies lose out on thousands, subcontractor remains silent

BELTON - Employees of some local construction companies are furious after checks stop rolling in for work they've done along Interstate 35 in Bell County. The business owners are trying to fight to get back more than $100,000, but they've hit a brick wall..

More than a dozen people are losing out on their money, and they say they have waited long enough and are ready to speak out. Many of them have had to take out loans and break into their savings to keep their businesses going.

"I am about to be out of business if I can't get paid," Ron Rice, owner of Double-R Trucking, said.

It is an issue that not only Ron Rice is experiencing, but so are more than a dozen Central Texas truck company owners. The all have been contracted for jobs by Tim Counts at Stampede Creek Transportation in Belton and have not been paid in several weeks.

"With the work that we do, our money is always rolling in and out, and we count on every check that we get so we can keep going," Rice said.

"It is real frustrating whenever you can't collect what little bit of money you've got coming...you are in a bind constantly," Marvin Wright, owner of MSW Trucking, said.

Some businesses were contacted by Counts to work on the Interstate 35 construction project. After failing to get a hold of Counts and Stampede Creek for missing checks. They have reached out to TX-Dot and the main contractor, James Construction, for help, but had no luck.

"We are just getting screwed over. We went over to the people who did the construction and they said it has nothing to do with them that the man has already been paid. We have to take it up with him," Roy Navarro, R&A Hauling owner, said.

As of this Monday, Stampede Creek filed for chapter seven bankruptcy and has left several businesses missing out on thousands of dollars.

"I have been by his office, nobody is there, closed down," Rice said.

"He won't accept a phone call, a text, nothing," Wright said.

The bad checks have not only affected how they do business, but the people who rely on that money the most.

"There is people losing their cars, losing their houses, and losing their livelihood because of this guy not paying folks and nobody overseeing him to make sure we are not getting paid," Rice said.

News Channel 25 reached out to Stampede Creek Transportation owner Tim Counts at his home, but he didn't want to go on camera or want to talk. He referred us to his lawyer in Temple, who has yet to return our calls.
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