- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 14, 2002

Capitol Police are investigating a case of suspected embezzlement in a House cafeteria after the resignation of the eatery's manager.
Lt. Dan Nichols, spokesman for the Capitol Police, confirmed yesterday that officers were conducting "an ongoing criminal investigation" into accusations of embezzlement.
He said police were contacted Friday by Guest Services Inc., the Fairfax-based contractor managing the cafeteria in the Rayburn House Office Building.
"Because it is an open investigation, there's not a lot more information I can provide," Lt. Nichols said. "The investigation is evolving."
Gerard Gabrys, president and chief executive officer of Guest Services, verified that the manager of the Rayburn cafeteria had resigned after an internal audit "detected that our cash procedures were not being followed."
Neither police nor Guest Services would identify the manager. Lt. Nichols emphasized that no charges had been filed in the case.
Mr. Gabrys said the cafeteria manager had worked for Guest Services for three years.
"The manager of that facility has resigned," Mr. Gabrys said. "He started with us in 1999."
Asked about a report that approximately $11,000 was missing, Mr. Gabrys would say only, "We're still investigating. I can't verify the amount."
Guest Services is a private hospitality company founded in 1917 to provide food services to thousands of government employees during World War I. Its subsidiaries now employ more than 3,500 workers serving in excess of 25 million guests annually at more than 200 facilities nationwide.
The contractor also provides food services at the Supreme Court, the food court at the Longworth House Office Building and other delicatessens in the House.


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