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Owner Of 'Life In Lansing' Comp. Goes Missing, Owes Thousands

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - A local production company has gone out of business after the attorney general decided to take the owner of the company to court for not paying his employees.


Where a "Life in Lansing" signs once hung, is just bare building.



"He should not be allowed to ever open a business again," said Tim Florinki, former Life in Lansing employee.


Marcus Francoeur owns the business, a television production company that owes dozens of former workers and hosts tens of thousands of dollars.


"He ruined a lot of lives," comments Tim Florinki, who used to work in the company's sales department. But after bounced checks and skipped paydays totaling to nearly $8,000-$9,000, it became too much to bear,


Florinki took his money troubles to the state. Right now, his case is in front of the attorney general's office, which in an August letter says it has a court judgment against Francoeur.


6 News tried calling Francoeur, but had no luck.

While former workers are glad he's out of business, there's nothing stopping him from starting more companies and doing the same thing again, a point that made us wonder if there's anything lawmakers can do.


"It would be difficult to pass a law. But obviously, whenever you have an employer that bounces paychecks, you should turn them to licensing and regulation," said Senator Rick Jones.

That's exactly what nine other people did, hoping that someday, somehow they'll get the justice they deserve.

In full disclosure, Life in Lansing has done business with TV-6 in the past and owes the station tens of thousands of dollars.

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