On behalf of The Law Office of Gustavo E. Frances, P.A.
When a person is accused of theft, it can have a very damaging effect on one’s personal and professional life. If convicted, it can truly hinder one’s ability to have a successful future. This is because people are unsure of whether they can entrust a convicted felon with their trust, and employers are far less likely to hire individuals who have been convicted of a crime, especially something like felony theft.
A young adult waitress in Florida has recently been accused and charged with grand theft, which is a felony charge. Reportedly, she changed the tip amount on more than 130 bills from the restaurant where she worked. She allegedly was able to take home over $1,000 more in tips over the course of one month.
This was apparently only done with customers who paid their bills with credit cards. She would then input a higher amount on the computer so that she would receive a higher cash tip at the end of her shift from her managers. The alleged scheme was discovered when the restaurant attempted to recover payment from various credit card companies.
When a person has been charged with felony grand theft in Florida, he or she has the right to move forward into a trial and vigorously fight the charges that have been filed against him or her. There may be the opportunity to take advantage of a plea bargain to get the charges dropped, lesser charges or lesser penalties. The most important thing is that one should move forward ensuring his or her rights are fully protected.
wfla.com, “Florida waitress accused of altering bills to increase tips“, May 14, 2015