BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – A restaurant waitress was arrested after she had allegedly committed fraud after giving herself an unauthorized tip of over $600 charged to a customer’s credit card.
The waitress identified as Rylee Francis, 19, of Walker, was charged with one count each of theft and credit card fraud by persons authorized to provide goods and services after an investigation by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office.
The investigation started on Wednesday, Jan. 4, when a manager from a restaurant within the parish called to report a theft. The manager stated that they were called by a customer on Tuesday, Jan. 3.
The customer claimed that their bank statement showed a charge of $680.15 for a purchase that was made at the restaurant, according to the affidavit. The customer confirmed that they had eaten at the restaurant and paid $24.15 for the meal. The customer told the manager that the waitress appeared to add a $656 tip to the bill. The affidavit states that the customer never gave the waitress permission to tip herself that amount.
The customer received a refund in the amount of $680.15, which was the full price that was charged, according to EBRSO. Further investigation led the manager to conclude that Rylee Francis was the server that waited on the customer in question, the affidavit stated.
Francis was also accused of not submitting receipts on the day this alleged incident took place. A copy of the receipt was eventually located and it showed a tip in the amount of $656. The manager was able to confirm that Francis worked on the same day the charge was made.
Francis was taken into custody and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on Wednesday, Jan. 18. She posted a $1,000 bond on the same day and was released from prison.