Employee accused of padding hours facing theft charge

Employee accused of padding hours facing theft charge

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Instead of just trimming steaks, police say a part-time meat cutter was fattening his wallet.

On Aug. 16, a manager for Colton's Steak House, 2309 E. Parker Rd., reported an employee theft to Jonesboro police.

The manager said the restaurant employed 37-year-old Matthew Wallace as a part-time meat cutter from April 22 until Aug. 8 working on Mondays and Tuesdays.

During that time, she said Wallace "started to edit his hours worked for the week to increase his paycheck."

According to a probable cause affidavit, the manager showed investigators a detailed time and attendance report showing "Wallace's time was edited 177 times and a total of 699 hours of work."

The manager reportedly told detectives Wallace should have only been getting 8-10 hours per week, at the most.

Detective Bill Brown stated in the court documents that he reviewed the attendance report which showed a total of 1,063.33 hours worked.

"Of those hours, 699 were edited to show longer work hours," Brown stated. "I then multiplied the hourly wage of $9.75 and was able to get a total loss of $6,815.25 that was taken from Colton's."

On Tuesday, Wallace appeared in person before Craighead County District Judge David Boling who found probable cause to charge him with theft greater than $5,000 but less than $25,000.

The judge released Wallace on his own recognizance with an order to appear in circuit court on Dec. 27.

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