BOCA RATON (Palm Beach Post) — A 35-year-old Broward County woman was arrested this week after she allegedly stole nearly $5,000 in deposits while working at a McDonald’s in suburban Boca Raton.
Nadia Abi-Roud Hende of Coconut Creek was a general manager at the McDonald’s at State Road 7 and Glades Road when restaurant officials discovered she took money from secured deposits, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said.
She was arrested Monday on charges of grand theft and organized scheme to defraud. She was released the same day on $9,000 bail.
Deputies were called to the restaurant Dec. 13 after its director of operations reported that a deposit of $4,887.50 was unaccounted for, according to probable-cause arrest affidavit made public Tuesday.
The deposit was supposed to have been made Dec. 5. However, records from Garda, the company scheduled to collect the deposit, showed that no pickup was made that day.
Video surveillance showed that Abi-Roud Hende had access to the deposit on that date, the affidavit said.
The investigation revealed that she routinely took unknown amounts of money from secured deposits and repaid those amounts later. By restoring the money, it would appear the money she had taken was never missing, the affidavit said.
The rolling deposits typically were held for one to three weeks. After the deposits were finally made, the amounts would then match McDonald’s internal reports.
As of Monday, the $4,887.50 remained unaccounted for, investigators said.