Direct deposit problem leaves hundreds without paychecks

It TMs pay day but hundreds of employees with the Hidalgo County Head Start Program didn TMt get paid.

Action 4 News went to the program TMs administrative office in McAllen.

Administrators would not speak on camera but said out of some 830 employees, about 600 of them didn't get paid this morning.

Head Start's Chief Financial Officer Elma Keller told Action 4 News that the delay in paychecks is due to their just switching banks.

Keller said the problem only affected employees who were signed up for direct deposit.

Head Start has been testing its transactions with the Lone Star National Bank since Wednesday.

The bank is in the process of correcting the problem.

Head Start employees can expect to receive their paychecks by late Friday.

Keller told Action 4 News that it TMs the first time they've had an issue like this in eight years time.

Lone Star National Bank said the company is willing to cover any overdraft fees or charges that Head Start employees may end up with.