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Ex-restaurant employee accused of embezzling $200K

Original post made on Oct 6, 2021

A former employee of Palo Alto restaurants Rangoon Ruby and Burma Ruby has been charged with embezzling more than $200,000, the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office announced on Wednesday.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, October 6, 2021, 1:34 PM

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Posted by Julian Guiterrez
a resident of another community
on Oct 6, 2021 at 4:23 pm

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Ms. Colvin held an executive position and thus she was easily able to embezzle this large amount of money for personal raises & a Porsche.

When it comes to investigating restaurant thefts, it is always advisable to scrutinize the management & executive sectors first as humble food servers, bussers, & line cooks do not have immediate access to such large quantities of incoming revenues..

White collar criminals tend to get light sentences because most of the individuals involved in these activities are white and judged by a predominantly white judicial system.


Posted by Palo Alto Res
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 6, 2021 at 9:07 pm

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You have to wonder how much money the 2 restaurants were pulling in for over $200,000 to go missing and for the sudden decreases in amounts were unnoticed for over 1.5 years. I can't help but think these restaurants were pulling in some serious money to avoid being caught so long.


Posted by Sally-Ann Rudd
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 7, 2021 at 7:25 am

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It was only 2018 when this restaurant group had a $4M judgement against them for keeping tips and not paying overtime. Now they're not noticing someone embezzling close to $100K?
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Posted by TorreyaMan
a resident of Palo Verde
on Oct 7, 2021 at 10:45 am

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I once heard that one of the most common causes of small business failure is trust in and lack of oversight of the accountant/bookkeeper, close to the situation described in this article.


Posted by Barron Parker Too
a resident of Barron Park
on Oct 7, 2021 at 10:48 am

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Due diligence is often difficult. People like Ms. Colvin who work hard to embezzle that much money are typically serial embezzlers. This is their vocation, and their hobby. They act with little fear and usually have a PlanB for situations where they are challenged. When caught, they are often given light sentences because judges don't realize that they will offend again, and do so as quickly as possible. After exposure, they change their name, manufacture a new c.v., and move to another large city, to escape a record of their past offenses.

The psychiatric definition of most of these serial offenders is Antisocial Personality Disorder. They are manipulative and can be extremely persuasive. To see how persuasive, watch a YouTube video of Frank Abagnale, the subject of the movie "Catch Me If You Can".


Posted by Julian Guiterrez
a resident of another community
on Oct 7, 2021 at 12:37 pm

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Psychoanalysis aside, maybe the perpetrator is simply materialistic and an upwardly-mobile type who is overly preoccupied with displaying a projected image of presumed vocational success and monetary wealth.

>"The psychiatric definition..."

Many shrinks have a minimal handle on their own personal lives and it is far easier (and lucrative) to evaluate others.

Perhaps best to take what they say with a grain of salt.


Posted by Please Don't
a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 7, 2021 at 3:46 pm

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The real question is why are the two restaurants set up as separate LLC's??? That can't be standard practice.


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