DIGHTON — The owners of five nursing homes in southeastern Massachusetts, including a facility in Dighton, that were closed by state regulators in April for endangering residents, have been fined $84,950 for failing to pay hundreds of workers, Attorney General Maura Healey said.

Joseph Schwartz, who owns and operates Skyline Healthcare in New Jersey, and formerly owned and operated Dighton Care and Rehabilitation Center in Dighton, Bedford Gardens and the Hallmark Care and Rehabilitation Center in New Bedford, and Highland Manor Care and Rehabilitation Center in Fall River, and Michael Schwartz, who operated Bedford Village Care and Rehabilitation Center in New Bedford, received 15 citations for failing to make timely payments of $64,749 in wages to 106 employees, provide pay stubs to 369 employees, and provide payroll records to the attorney general’s office upon request.

“Skyline’s owner and operator stole from their employees and created staffing shortages that endangered the health and safety of their elderly residents,” Healey said in a press release.

The attorney general’s office began an investigation after receiving dozens of complaints from employees at the five Massachusetts facilities alleging they had been paid late for two pay periods and their paychecks could not be cashed due to insufficient funds.

In April, the attorney general’s Health Care Division successfully petitioned the Superior Court to appoint a receiver over the facilities to protect the health and safety of the facilities’ residents. The court-appointed receiver, KCP Advisory Group, was able to pay employees all outstanding back wages, including wages for paid time off.

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