The former general manager of an Outback Steakhouse in Louisiana has been arrested for embezzling more than $70,000 from his previous place of work, reportedly spending roughly $40,000 of the stolen money on landscaping and $30,000 on plumbing for his own private residence.
On March 7, Zachary Addison of New Orleans was charged and booked with felony theft for allegedly stealing the hefty sum from the Metairie location of the steakhouse, Nola.com reports.
According to the outlet, the 39-year-old man had already been fired from his position at the restaurant in January for reasons unrelated to the reported theft. His supervisor, however, discovered that money was missing from the eatery when he started “closing out Addison’s employment contract” that month, Capt. Jason Rivarde of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said.
Upon further investigation, the Outback staffer realized that Addison billed Outback for around $70,000 in invoices for work that was never performed between February 2017 and December 2018, Fox 8 reports. The missing funds apparently went unnoticed because the man had permission to pay up to $1,000 in invoices per diem without further approval.
Addison’s illegal spending spree included $41,204 spent on landscaping services and $30,200 for plumbing at his “newly built” home in the quaint English Turn area, Fox 8 reports.
The man was released on the same day of his arrest on a $7,500 bond, Nola.com reports.
The case remains under investigation.