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Possible grand jury investigation in Pauls Valley

Pauls Valley Regional Medical Center closed its doors in October 2018. (KTEN) Pauls Valley Regional Medical Center closed its doors in October 2018. (KTEN)

PAULS VALLEY, Okla. -- Former employees of the Pauls Valley Regional Medical Center want to know where all the money went. The next step: A possible grand jury investigation.

It's been months since Garvin County's only hospital was permanently closed, and the former employees are still looking for paychecks. And with no pay, some workers are now facing the consequences.

"We have three nurses that are fighting for their life because their insurance that has been held out of their check, no insurance was provided," said litigation consultant Skip Mitchell.

But no insurance is only a small part of what these employees aren't getting.

"Out of payroll, health care, insurance, back taxes, child support," Mitchell said.

The employees’ patience has officially run out. On Thursday they filed a class action lawsuit against the city, but Mitchell said a grand jury investigation could be coming.

"We’re requesting specifically that it look at the relationship between the city council, the hospital and two local banks, between a councilman and his relationship between the bank and the council," Mitchell said.

Mitchell said finding where the loans to the hospital went is his priority.

"And people don't realize that live here what they owe now. You have $7 million that's owed in bank loans to this hospital," he said.

According to Mitchell, the hospital is only a percentage of the city's debt.

"So the city of Pauls Valley, the citizens are on the hook in excess of $10 million, and don't have a clue as to why," he said.

We tried to reach out to City Council members, but none were available.

Mitchell said the next step is to start a petition drive, and the minimum number of signatures needed is 500. Lawyers are still working on the petition, so nothing is official yet. The plan is to unveil the petition at a citywide meeting on January 12.

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