Ex-waitress pleads guilty in tips case
October 28, 2008
A woman accused of stealing money from diners at Ghidotti’s at 6030 N. Market Street pleaded guilty Oct. 24 to wrongful appropriation, which is a class A misdemeanor.
Summit County resident Fernanda Viera Smith was ordered to spend three days in jail and pay a $300 fine, according to a clerk at 3rd District Court in the Snyderville Basin.
She was originally charged with a third-degree felony for theft. Prosecutors claimed Smith stole about $1,010 from customers at the Italian restaurant at Redstone Towne Center by forging tips on their credit card receipts.
Managers at the restaurant reportedly supplied investigators with stacks of credit slips Smith allegedly had altered, prosecutors claimed.
A customer brought the thefts to the attention of managers at the restaurant, prosecutors said.
On average, Smith allegedly stole between $10 and $20 from customers this year between January and March 16.
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She was fired when the accusations came to light, according to prosecutors.
Deputies at the Summit County Sheriff’s Office say they have investigated several cases where servers changed tips on credit card receipts to pocket more money.