Trial slated for server charged with theft
May 27, 2008
A trial is slated for a woman accused of stealing money from diners at a restaurant at Kimball Junction by forging tips on their credit card receipts.
A bench trial is scheduled Aug. 26 at 9 a.m. for Summit County resident Fernanda Viera Smith, 25, who faces one count of theft, a third-degree felony. The trial is slated in 3rd District Court in the Snyderville Basin.
The alleged thefts began at Ghidotti’s at 6030 N. Market St. in January, prosecutors claim.
Managers at the restaurant reportedly supplied investigators with stacks of credit slips Smith allegedly altered.
The thefts were brought to management’s attention by a customer, according to prosecutors.
Smith allegedly stole about $1,010 from customers at the Italian restaurant. On average, Smith allegedly stole between $10 and $20 from customers between January and March 16.
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She was quickly fired when the accusations came to light, Summit County prosecutor Gus Chin said.
A Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputy said he has investigated several cases where servers changed tips on credit card slips to receive more money.