Man accused of adding to credit card tips while working at Fuquay-Varina restaurant

Wake County News

FUQUAY-VARINA, N.C. (WNCN) – A 26-year-old Harnett County man faces felony charges for adding additional tips to credit cards while working at a Wake County restaurant, a warrant said.

Records show Dalton Chobanian was working at Abbey Road Tavern and Grill in Fuquay-Varina. Investigators believe he committed as many as 60 fraudulent transactions, Fuquay-Varina police said.

“Once reported, the restaurant was cooperative in assisting in the investigation that led to the charges,” Fuquay-Varina police said.

Police say a customer came forward after noticing a discrepancy on his bank statement.

“They had the receipt from their bill that showed one amount, and when they looked at their bank statement it was $10 more,” said Lt. Brett Walsh.

Walsh says detectives went to the Abbey Road Tavern, which provided the records and receipts for Chobanian. Detectives discovered 61 charges where additional tip money was added to the final bill. In total, Walsh says Chobanian pocketed an additional $550.

He was terminated immediately by the business, Walsh says.

Mike Montgomery, the owner of Abbey Road Tavern, says they are working with police. He says they’ve identified the more than 60 victims, and have reached out to try and make things right.

Walsh says this crime is a great reminder to hold onto your receipts.

“Keep those receipts. That way when that charge goes through on your statement you can compare the receipt with the actual statement amount,” he said.

Walsh also suggested signing up for alerts with your credit card or bank to notify you about any charges.

Chobanian is charged with six counts of obtaining property by false pretense as warrants noted dozens of victims.

If convicted on all charges he could face up to nearly 20 years in prison.

He turned himself in at the Wake County Detention Center and was given a $60,000 bond. His first court appearance was Tuesday afternoon.

Chobanian is due back in court December 19.

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