Waitress charged with altering tips
According to Palm Beach police, Tara Ann O'Brien, 25, of 725 Glenridge Drive in West Palm Beach, is accused of adding extra money onto the tips written in by breakfast customers at Cucina dell' arte, 257 Royal Poinciana Way, since Jan. 9. The discrepancies were uncovered during an audit by one of the restaurant's managers, who contacted police.
The police report says O'Brien altered the receipts of 62 patrons, receiving $1,305 in extra, fraudulent tips.
One customer, according to police, had used his credit card to purchase a $25.03 breakfast. When contacted by police, he said he had written a $6 tip for O'Brien. The police report said the receipt had been altered to indicate a $16 tip with an unauthorized, revised total of $41.03. Another customer was overcharged 12 times for a total of $110 in extra tips O'Brien had given herself, police said.
She was taken to the Palm Beach County Jail where she was released Monday on $3,000 bond.
O'Brien is no longer employed at Cucina, according to manager Nicholas Coniglio.