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Former Martinsburg restaurant employee arraigned on charges unauthorized tips

May 20, 2008|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.VA. -- A former employee of Buffalo Wild Wings in Martinsburg was arraigned Monday on charges she gave herself tips that were not authorized by 45 customers between New Year's Eve 2007 and St. Patrick's Day.

On Monday, Sonja Lin DeHoyos, 32, was arraigned on 45 misdemeanor counts of obtaining money by false pretenses, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court record.

Magistrate Jim Humphrey set a $4,500 bond for DeHoyos, whose address was listed as 10 Beefy Drive in Bedington, W.Va, in a complaint filed by Martinsburg Police Department Patrolman Michael Jones.

According to Jones' complaint, one customer's $21.72 credit card bill on Jan. 12 was increased by $14, making it the highest unauthorized adjustment DeHoyos made. The customer was one of 11 customers who didn't authorize a tip for the defendant, according to the complaint.

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DeHoyos was typing a different tip amount into the computer than what her customers authorized, according to Jones' complaint.

Six of the receipts in question were physically altered, police said.

On Feb. 24, a customer added a $7.39 tip to a $46.61 bill, but ended up tipping $10 more, according to the complaint.

The Feb. 24 bill was one of 11 that was increased by $10, and six of the transactions occurred in February, according to the complaint. Most of the tips were inflated by more than a $1, and there were five tips adjusted for less, including one for 4 cents, according to the complaint.

Buffalo Wild Wings manager Pamela Simpson said Monday that the business at 796 Foxcroft Ave. is hoping to contact the affected customers to refund their money.

Affected customers may call Simpson at the Martinsburg restaurant at 304-264-9453.

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