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Manager accused of stealing money from restaurant

— A manager of a Lake Placid area restaurant, who apparently felt he was underpaid, has been accused of stealing nearly $30,000 from the eatery during a 13-month period, according to a report released Thursday.

Benjamin Michael Rose, 40, 1544 Camillia Court, Lake Placid, was arrested by the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office and charged with second-degree grand theft and scheme to defraud. He was a former manager at Dock 633, located at 633 Lake June Road.

When confronted about the allegations, Rose “admitted to stealing liquor from the business and advising your affiant (a detective) that he should be making at least $20,000 more per year for the job he does,” the report said.

Rose denied stealing money, other than occasionally taking $50 to $100, but returning it later, the report said.

The report said authorities believe that after a server would leave for the day, Rose would reopen the tickets for meals and either void the transactions or discount them, leaving additional money in the cash register, based on the altered tickets.

Rose is then accused of removing that supposedly extra money from the cash register, the report said.

The system assigned a specific number for each transaction, which identified Rose as making them, the report said.

Although the restaurant has three other shift managers, the report said, the suspicious transactions occurred only when Rose was working.


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