By Joe Beck -- email@example.com
A Front Royal woman is facing six counts of embezzlement for allegedly taking a total of $23,486.86 from the restaurant where she worked for four years.
A grand jury indicted Tera Deigh Santmyers, 34, 1018 Stuart Drive, in Warren County Circuit Court Monday on six counts of embezzlement linked to a scheme in which she allegedly took money from the restaurant where she worked.
Court documents accuse Santmyers, 34, of 1018 Stuart Drive, Front Royal of stealing money from Castiglia's Italian Eatery in Front Royal by discounting customers' bills at the restaurant's computer cash register and pocketing the difference between the real bill and the amount she rang up, according to the criminal complaint.
The indictment cites six examples of embezzlement that Santmyers allegedly committed in intervals of several months spanning Dec. 29, 2008 through Jan. 2, 2012.
The criminal complaint written by Detective Jason Winner of the Front Royal Police Department states that restaurant owner Luigi Scotto DiClemente discovered that Santmyers was discounting customers' bills without his knowledge on Jan. 2.
DiClemente found a bill that day that Santmyers had discounted by 60 percent, leaving her with $38.97, according to the complaint.
"Luigi then did research and found that Santmyers had been (embezzling) throughout her employment with an aggregate amount of $23,486.86," the complaint states.
Winner's complaint states that he interviewed Santmyers on Jan. 27 and "she admitted that she had been discounting various customers' orders throughout her employment and pocketing the money."
The complaint also states that Santmyers "indicated" she planned to repay the money she is accused of stealing.
Santmyers was released from custody on $1,000 secured bond for one count and $5,000 unsecured bond on the remaining five counts.