According to the Miami New Times, seven women who work at the Miami International Airport were recently arrested. They all worked at Café Versailles, a small establishment that is a spin off of a famous Cuban eatery in the city. The women who were arrested have all been charged with pocketing money from the register.
Global Miami J.V. operates the concessions and the restaurants in MIA, and suspected that cash had gone missing from the register when profits hit an all-time low. The company chose to set up a surveillance camera at their outpost in the airport, hoping that it would help to confirm or deny their suspicions. The company also set up a computer program that could monitor when money was lifted from the register by an employee.
The surveillance video showed that seven employees at the Café Versailles were pinching bills from the register when they thought that no one was looking. They were putting money in their pockets and taking it home for personal use. The evidence was sent to the Miami Police Department. The authorities arrested all seven women and they now face charges of theft and organized scheme to defraud.
Theft crimes are typically punished based on the amount that was stolen. Petit theft involves taking property that is valued at more than $100 and less than $300. This crime is categorized as a first degree misdemeanor and can be punished by one year in jail.
Grand theft refers stealing any property that is valued at over $300. This is a felony in the third degree and is punishable by five years in prison depending on the amount that was stolen. If you have been arrested for stealing from your work cash register, you will need a criminal defense lawyer on your side to fight for your rights. Contact a criminal defense attorney at Parks & Braxton today to get more information!