NEON covers bounced checks at SoNo store

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Kalita Burden works at the Cash-A-Check in a South Norwalk.

NORWALK, Conn. – Owners of a South Norwalk check cashing store say they are feeling quite relieved now that Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now (NEON) has made good on paychecks that bounced.

The Cash-A-Check store on North Main Street was out about $15,000 after cashing 18 paychecks on Nov. 5, Dwight Hilleman said.

His son, Bob Hilleman, shared the news with NancyOnNorwalk.

“On Friday, NEON issued a check to our business to make up for all of the returned checks,” the younger Hilleman said in an email Tuesday. “We are very relieved and this has taken a huge weight off our shoulders.”

The store has been cashing checks for NEON employees for 23 years, Dwight Hilleman said. Some of them are very good customers, he said. The bounced checks added up to what the business might customarily lose over two years, he said.

NEON Board Chairman Mike Berkoff has blamed former interim CEO and President Chiquita Stephenson for the bad checks. Berkoff said Tuesday that Stephenson issued the checks when she had been ordered not to.

Attempts to contact Stephenson have been unsuccessful.


5 responses to “NEON covers bounced checks at SoNo store”

  1. Casey Smith

    Well, that’s a step in the right direction. I’m assuming that restitution check cleared.
    Happy Thanksgiving, Dwight and Bob!

  2. I’m sure NEON also had to cover all the bounced check fees associated with Chicky’s criminal act. I hope the Attorney General includes all those fees in her restitution to NEON when she is brought up on charges.

  3. M Allen

    New NEON story so I’m posting this here rather than find a more relevant NEON story from the past:
    Norwalk owns the two schools being occupied by NEON? Is there nothing in the contract language that would afford the city the right to kick NEON out of these premises in order to make way for CDI? There must be some clause in the contract language that nullifies the contractual right to these premises in the event of default or other circumstances. If the negotiations between NEON and CDI are what is holding up restarting Head Start, then remove the roadblock by removing NEON from the equation.

  4. Casey Smith

    The schools are city property, but NEON has a lease, so there’s a contract somewhere. I don’t think the City can let CDI use the property until everything is straightened out because it is a Federal program.

  5. dawn

    a federal program that has been suspended for misuse of funds. they should be in defaukt at this point.

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