KFC boss Joseph Ross would like to see a former employee behind bars at the Richmond Hill prison after she was allegedly caught red-handed stealing monies from the cash register by a fellow co-worker.
The suspect, Amelia Andall, who was employed with KFC for just over a year, has been slapped with 2 counts of stealing by reason of employment.
Andall pleaded guilty to the charges Tuesday before Chief Magistrate Tamara Gill at the No.1 St. George’s Magistrate Court.
She was arrested and charged by police investigators on July 19 after a co-worker observed her pocketing monies received from a customer for the sale of a food item.
The charges slapped on her related to theft of approximately EC$1,200 from KFCs Granby Street and Melville Street fast food outlets in St. George’s sometime during the month of July.
According to the Police Prosecutor in the matter, Andall, a resident of New Hampshire, (Willis) St. George admitted that this was not the first time she had stolen from her former place of employment and that others were also involved in doing the same thing in KFC.
During Tuesday’s hearing, it was revealed that the accused woman provided police investigators with the names of other workers who she claimed were also involved in stealing monies from the company while on duty.
However, owner/manager of KFC Joseph Ross who was on hand for Tuesday’s hearing told the court that Andall indicated to Police investigators that she will not disclose any more names as she has been threatened by at least one other person.
Ross expressed his desire to find out the names of the other perpetrators and to have Andall locked up for the crime she committed.
He felt that she should be made an example of as the company has noticed a change in its cash flow figures in recent times.
However, Attorney-at-Law, Peter David stepped in Pro-Bono to assist Andall, who faces a total of 5 years behind bars on each count.
Attorney David requested that the court consider a non-custodial sentence, as Andall is a first time offender, and suggested the imposition of alternative punishments, including counseling.
Taking into consideration all that was said on the both sides, Chief Magistrate Gill adjourned the matter to October 8 to allow further police investigations into the KFC issue.