SCHENECTADY -- A manager at the downtown Denny's stole more than $55,000 from the restaurant in a scheme only uncovered when a customer returned to get a receipt, authorities said.
Police recently arrested the manager, identified as Robert P. Scifo, Jr., on one count of second-degree grand larceny, a felony.
He is accused of taking the money -- $55,972.04 in total -- from January 2018 to January 2019 from the Denny's on Nott Terrace.
Police began investigating earlier this year after a customer returned later to get a new receipt, prosecutor Eamonn Neary said this week. The customer had paid in cash, but the transaction had been instead recorded in a different area, as a bill through the delivery service GrubHub, Neary said.
Investigators zeroed in on Scifo and determined that for a year he had been taking cash by essentially hiding the transactions, Neary said. Police arrested Scifo last week. Neary identified Scifo as a manager.
When a customer paid in cash, Scifo would to back into the records and change the transaction from cash to the delivery service, Neary said.
Scifo would then "simply take the cash out of the register and pocket it," he said.
The delivery service kept track of its own transactions, but the restaurant didn't cross reference its records that contained the bogus information with the delivery service's, Neary said.
"He basically was manipulating the books, changing the receipts to hide the cash he was taking," Neary said.
The owner of the Denny's and Denny's corporate office assisted in the investigation, Neary said.
Investigators learned that Scifo would take multiple cash receipts per shift, which added up to nearly $56,000 over the year, Neary said.
Scifo spent time in prison in a 2013 Albany County grand larceny case, state records show. That case centered around allegations that Scifo took cash and jewelry from someone he knew, Albany County district attorney's officials said. He was sentenced in that case to 18 months to 3 years in prison, records show.
Scifo remained at the Schenectady County Jail Thursday.
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