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Misdemeanor and felony theft facing Olathe restaurant owner

If you've ever gone to a bar and ordered a drink, the bartenders often ask if you want to 'keep it open,' meaning to keep the card open on file at the bar until you're ready to pay your tab for the night. It's common practice at any average bar or restaurant. Except something went wrong when a customer couldn't find his card after visiting a local Olathe restaurant. The owner of the restaurant has since been charged with misdemeanor and felon theft charges.

The documents allege that after the owner of the card left the restaurant, he couldn't find his card. He did call the restaurant and they claimed not to have it, so he cancelled the card the next. However, in that time, over $7,000 in charges were made on it at retail stores, a liquor store and even at local restaurants. Surveillance video appears to show the accused making the purchases with the card.

The local restaurant owner has now been charged with seven counts of identity theft, six counts of misdemeanor theft, and single counts of felony theft and criminal use of a financial card. According to court records, this isn't the first time he has been charged with a crime of this nature. He also was charged with DUI last year. It shows how quickly misdemeanor and felony accusations can pile up, even with the use of one unauthorized credit card.

These charges shouldn't be taken lightly by the defendant. Because there is a mix of misdemeanor and felony charges, he could face more than 1 year in prison if convicted. Because he is being charged with a similar accusation to one he has previously faced, he could be considered a repeat offender. Building a criminal defense against such serious allegations is paramount.

Source: kansascity.com, "Olathe barbecue owner spent $7355 on a customer's card left at at restaurant: court docs," Tony Rizzo, March 21, 2018

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