Feds seize files from embattled Bridgeport nursing home

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Federal agents raided a Bridgeport nursing home Tuesday morning, and although officials gave few details, the move follows accusations from workers who say they've been exploited, union representatives say. 

Investigators entered the Bridgeport Health Care Center on Bond Street around 8 a.m., according to a union rep who spoke with News 12 Connecticut.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney's Office would only confirm that "federal law enforcement activity" was taking place at the nursing home. The spokesperson did not confirm which federal agencies were there. The union rep says they were from the FBI, the IRS and possibly the Department of Labor.

As News 12 has reported, workers there have accused the nursing home's chief financial officer Chaim Stern of failing to pay them on numerous occasions, diverting their retirement assets to himself and a religious charity he controls and failing to pay the company that manages their health care benefits.

Lorna Campbell, a former worker at the nursing home, showed News 12 her pay stubs and said that her $50,000 retirement account seemed to vanish.

A 2016 federal Department of Labor lawsuit claims the privately owned nursing home and its owner have illegally diverted nearly $4 million in workers' money. The facility and its owner deny these claims. The facility filed for bankruptcy last month.

Around 2 p.m., agents began filling a U-Haul moving van with filing cabinets and dozens of boxes of documents. 

Many of the workers who spoke with News 12 said the raid is a sign that the government is finally moving forward with their case.

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