More than three dozen workers from Georgia say they plan on filing a class action lawsuit after they were promised jobs, food, and lodging in Missouri, only to be abandoned.
Bobby Blanks, owner of Everything Staffing in Atlanta, tells WSB it all came about when a man from Black Sparta LLC approached him saying he needed several construction crews to take to Columbia, Missouri to work on a project.
Blanks says he checked out the company and then then advertised on Craigslist for interested applicants.
One of those applicants, Barceneas Cosby, tells WSB he jumped at the opportunity, even leaving his job at a metro Atlanta car dealership.
"I left my job because they said this job was paying $1,000 a week, $25.00 per diem, free food, free lodging, and the transportation down here," said Cosby.
Despite working long hours, they have been paid nothing and many are stranded.
"We don't have a way to get back. We are getting put out of the hotel because the company who is over the contract, they owe the hotel $34,000," said Cosby.
Another couple had to sell their wedding rings in order to get money to come back to Georgia.
Timothy Cox tells WSB he managed to get home, thanks to friends and his mother, who sent him a bus ticket home. He says it didn't take long to figure out this was some type of scam.
"We were working 12 hours a day in the mud building houses and all they brought us was chicken sandwich for lunch. That's it," said Cox.
Blanks, whose company has only been open since December, tells WSB he feels bad for what has happened but his company is not liable.
"All we are is a staffing company. We're not a construction company or nothing like that. All we do is just refer people. And Mr. Ruben Jones, he came to hire and handpicked each of the guys that he wanted to go out there. And once he signed our paperwork, then he was 100 percent liable," said Blanks.
Blanks says even though his company isn't liable, he is reaching out to the community here and churches in Missouri, for help in getting those stranded returned.
"Because we're a brand new company, we just don't have the money. If we did have the money, the guys would've been home," said Blanks.
WSB tried several times to contact Ruben Jones but those attempts were unsuccessful.
All of those interviewed say they plan to take legal action.