FROM STAFF REPORTS
HORSESHOE BAY — Investigators filed organized theft charges against four former Horseshoe Bay Resort restaurant employees.
Horseshoe Bay police reported that the staff members allegedly engaged in “a theft ring that targeted the resort food and beverage department.”
“Police were contacted by resort executives after an internal audit revealed funds began (going) missing from sales receipts in the Yacht Club restaurant February of 2017,” a police department release stated. “The resulting audit estimated that over $22,000 was stolen from February through September of 2017.”
The following were charged with third-degree felony engaging in organized criminal activity: Joseph Evan Higley, 42; Alexander William Aguilar, 40; Journey Lorene Bruns, 26; and Amanda Marie Lewis, 34.
“(T)hose employees were internally manipulated by the moving (of) a percentage of the actual food and drink bill into employee tips,” the release stated. “Thus, the resort was the actual victim of the crime and customers were unaffected.”
If convicted, the suspects each face up to 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000.
They were booked into the Llano County Jail.