No Name, Butcher’s ripped off, prosecutors say
July 25, 2008
Prosecutors accuse a Salt Lake City woman of embezzling more than $46,000 from the No Name Saloon and Butcher’s Chop House through schemes she orchestrated while she was the office manager of the two Old Town establishments.
Lesley Campbell, who is 43 years old, is charged with a second-degree felony count of theft and a class B misdemeanor count of unlawfully using a financial transaction card. A conviction on the theft charge carries a potential prison sentence of between one and 15 years and a $10,000 fine.
She was arrested and booked into the Summit County Jail on June 12. She posted $10,000 bail through a bail bond company. Campbell has not entered a plea, and her next court date is scheduled on Aug. 4.
"On a professional level, it’s a real awakening. One minute you think you’ve got money set aside . . . and then you wake up and it’s not that way," said Jesse Shetler, who is the principal owner of both places.
In a filing in Third District Court, prosecutors say Shetler approached the Park City Police Department in late April saying Campbell was embezzling. Under questioning by Mary Ford, a Police Department detective, Campbell admitted she started stealing money from the two places in September 2007 to pay rent and other expenses, according to the filing.
She told Ford she falsified overtime to pad her paychecks, manipulated daily sales at the No Name to hide money she took from bank deposits and she used a company credit card without permission to buy school supplies, gas, groceries and other items, the filing says.
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The court document alleges Campbell stole about $46,638.68 between Sept. 1, 2007 and April 28. Shelter said she worked for him from about June 2007 until April 2008. He said he has known her and her family for about eight years.
Shetler said he became suspicious in late January, when he received phone calls from credit card companies and vendors reporting late payments and bills that had not been paid. He said the winter had been lucrative, and the businesses had enough money to pay the bills.
"We were financially stable to get through our offseason and back into the winter," when business is usually strong, Shetler said.
Shetler said he and a business partner reviewed the financial records of the No Name and Butcher’s and discovered irregularities that were traced to Campbell. He said she manipulated a checking account and the businesses’ accounts payable.
He said the loss for the businesses will total about $130,000, with the sum including the money Campbell is accused of stealing, and penalties, late fees and interest charged by banks, vendors, credit card companies and tax collectors. Shetler said the case left the No Name and Butcher’s in a "serious, serious crunch." Both places will remain open, he said.
The No Name is a popular bar at 447 Main St., and it is housed in a building that features an Alamo-shaped front facade. Butcher’s, 751 Main St., is well-situated near the Town Lift.
Shetler said the losses forced him to cancel an end-of-season employee party for the two places, and he canceled improvements planned this year at Butcher’s as a result of the case.
David Shapiro, the court-appointed attorney defending Campbell, said he is negotiating a plea agreement with prosecutors. He said he is continuing to investigate the prosecutor’s claims, including the $46,638.68 figure.
"We’re still working on a resolution," Shapiro said.