A former waitress at a North Shore restaurant was arraigned today on charges that she stole from customers by incorrectly charging their credit cards twice for meals.
Tonya Shrum, 32, of Bedford Dwellings near the Hill District, is being held in the Allegheny County Jail on $10,000 bail. She faces charges of forgery, access device fraud and theft.
Pittsburgh police wrote in a criminal complaint that management at the Clark Bar and Grill contacted them last month after they began investigating claims that Ms. Shrum was duping some people who sat at tables she served.
In some instances, police wrote, Ms. Shrum might serve a party of two. If one person paid with cash and another paid with a credit card, she would pocket the cash and charge the credit card twice, apparently forging the signature on one of the two receipts, according to the complaint.
Restaurant management fired Ms. Shrum after she denied the accusations and has been reimbursing patrons who were incorrectly charged, police wrote. They wrote that the restaurant has lost $1,628.46 as a result of the reimbursements.
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