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Former Louisiana restaurant employee facing theft charges

A Terrytown woman has been charged with felony theft after allegedly taking more than $100,000 from the Belle Chasse restaurant she used to manage.

The 38-year-old woman worked for the restaurant from July 2011 until June 2012. She was responsible for things like collecting cash from daily sales and making bank deposits. Authorities say that over the 11 months she worked there, the woman stole $103,000.

Reportedly, the restaurant's owner noticed the missing money after comparing receipts with bank statements and realizing there was a mismatch.

It has been reported that when she was confronted by her boss about the unaccounted-for funds, the woman confessed to taking the money. She allegedly said she had a crippling gambling addiction and took the money to feed her habit.

It is not immediately clear if it is true that the woman did have a gambling habit, but if she did, she certainly would not be the first person in history to be driven to unusual lengths by a an all-consuming compulsion. Many people who embezzle do so because they have a habit or an obsession that they must pay for. That does not make it right to take money that is not theirs, of course, but it is at least something of an explanation.

If you are ever involved in a situation where a white collar crime is alleged, please do not make the mistake of thinking you will necessarily be able to fix everything by offering an explanation. White collar crime allegations are very serious; you may need a criminal defense attorney to help you iron things about.


Source: The Lafayette Advertiser, "Woman accused of stealing $103,000 from Belle Chasse restaurant," June 4, 2013

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