Money puzzle

WHITE MOUNTAINS — U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Brenda M. Whinery ordered that Tate's employees be paid at a court hearing held June 5.

The court also authorized the return of customer vehicles held in service bays and for the submission of title and registration paperwork for people who purchased vehicles during Tate's last days, but were left in limbo.

According to a former employee, some former staff worked on June 6 to process payroll and paperwork. 

The Navajo Human Rights Commission issued a press release today saying that Tate's dealership locations in Gallup, New Mexico and Holbrook will open briefly on Monday, June 10, so that customers who have vehicles in the service bays can come and pick them up.

That's the good news.

However, a former Tate's employee who wished to remain anonymous told the Independent that an employee who attempted to deposit their check into their bank account was told there would be a hold put on the check, possibly to verify that funds are available in Tate's accounts.

The Tate's Auto Center location in Holbrook at 1001 Navajo Boulevard will be open on Monday, June 10 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

In Gallup, the dealership at 1200 West Jefferson Avenue will be open Monday, June 10 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

See next week's Independent for more updates on this story.

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Trudy Balcom is editor of the White Mountain Independent.

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