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Workers hired to help construct Pampa hotel claim they were not paid

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La Quinta Inn, Pampa TX La Quinta Inn, Pampa TX
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Bob Martin, New Project Manager for La Quinta Inn Construction Bob Martin, New Project Manager for La Quinta Inn Construction
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PAMPA, TX (KFDA) - The La Quinta Inn in Pampa was scheduled to open in September, but a sub-contractor apparently hired inexperience workers to finish the project. Now a new sub-contractor is on site left to pick up the pieces, but those who previously worked on the hotel are asking where their money is.

"I just want something to get done, I mean everybody deserves to get paid for the work they've done and it's not right," said Malinda Alvarado, who claims she's owed $2,000 for labor she did at the La Quinta Inn for 2 months. 

Alvarado says she is just one of dozens of workers in the same situation. 

"I need to pay bills. Rent, insurance, my car," said Juan Olivas, also claiming he was not paid about $900 for two weeks of work. 

Alvarado and Olivas say they were hired by sub contractor, Guadalupe De Los Santos out of San Antonio to complete the inside of the hotel. 

"They did the work, he let them work here," said Bob Martin, project manager of the La Quinta Inn. "He got paid for the work that they supposedly were doing correctly, which is not correct." 

De Los Santos was hired by another contracting company, M and L Builders from Houston. When De Los Santos' workers failed to complete the hotel on time, he was fired -- and allegedly never paid any of his workers. 

Martin was hired to finish the job.

"I have $70,000 worth of work I need to replace in this building out of their pocket. I've got probably $50,000 worth of paint that we have to redo," said Martin. "There was definitely no winners in this situation here." 

De Los Santos told NewsChannel 10 Tuesday afternoon that he would pay his employees by the end of the week but if he doesn't, he could face criminal charges. 

"He's going to have some big problems because the general contractor could sue him," said Amarillo attorney Mike Warner. "If you don't 10-99 that employee at the end of the year then you're in trouble with the IRS also." 

A few of the workers have already contacted the Texas Workforce Commission hoping to get their money faster.

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