Millions mysteriously appear in account of troubled nursing home

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BRIDGEPORT -

There could finally be relief on the way for workers at a troubled nursing home in Bridgeport after millions of dollars that were thought to have vanished suddenly seem to be available for pensions.

Even the bankruptcy trustee running Bridgeport Health Care Center was stunned when he saw $4 million suddenly appear in the bank. But it could be a spot of good news for the center's workers.

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As News 12 has reported, federal agents raided the center back in May. When the raid happened, that account was down to $800. For years, workers have complained about missing retirement money. In a lawsuit, the Labor Department claims the facility's owner illegally funneled their money into his own private charity.

Now, according to new court documents, the $4 million was unexpectedly deposited into the pension account last week.

It's unclear where the money came from, and even the bankruptcy trustee running the facility was unsure.

"I don't truly know the source, but I do know that there's $4.1 million in this bank," bankruptcy trustee Jon Newton said at a court hearing yesterday.

But in a recent court hearing, owner Chaim Stern's lawyer said the money "was meant to represent the $3.6 million transferred from the (retirement) plan to Em Kol Chai." That's the charity authorities say Stern controls.

Workers may not get as much of that money as they think. Bridgeport Health Care has a long list of creditors, and they could potentially get a share.

News 12 reported back in July that part of the facility, called Bridgeport Manor, is shutting down. Lawyers say they hope to wrap that process up within a month.

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