The job was selling fireworks over the summer. The pay was supposed to be a percentage of what they sold. Yet several stateline residents say they've done the work, made the sales, but haven't seen a dime. The Illinois Attorney General is now investigating.
Running a fireworks tent sounded like a lot of work, but work that had the potential for "the sky is the limit,” thousands of dollars in commissions.
"The old saying, if it sounds too good to be true, it is. It hits home," says Mindy Quimby, a former USA Firework’s employee.
Mindy Quimby and Dick Johnson claim USA Fireworks, also known as Four Season's Fireworks, never paid them for the weeks they sat in company tents selling fireworks.
Johnson says he's been waiting for his paycheck since last summer.
"I calculated they owe me a little over $3,000. We had a contract, but very little of it was fulfilled on their end," says Johnson.
After receiving complaints, the Illinois Attorney General's Office is now investigating whether the company upheld its promises to its employees.
USA Firework's attorney Carl Buck says this is the first he's heard of the complaint.
“It would be a surprise to me if [employees] didn't get paid, unless there was a dispute,” said Buck, talking to WIFR by phone.
USA Fireworks did accuse Quimby of losing $5,000 - $6,000 in inventory. However, Stephenson County police say the company never produced any proof for its allegations.
"Five to $6,000, when you're dealing with $10 items, is a lot of merchandise, I would've seen it go away," adds Quimby.
Quimby and Johnson say they'll probably never get paid for their efforts. But by coming forward they hope others may be forewarned about possible conflicts.
USA Fireworks management maintains it is an honorable company. It says they've had employees who've worked for them for 10 years and never had a complaint.