By Associated Press - Wednesday, December 4, 2019

FUQUAY-VARINA, N.C. (AP) - A former North Carolina restaurant worker has been accused of adding tips to customers’ bills.

Dalton Michael Chobanian, 26, turned himself in to authorities Monday, Fuquay-Varina police said. He is accused of adding money to as many as 60 transactions at Abbey Road Tavern while he worked there as a waiter, news outlets reported.

Lt. Brett Walsh says a customer told police that an extra $10 had been added to his bill at Abbey Road Tavern in September, WRAL-TV reported. That sparked a police review of the restaurant’s receipts. Walsh says Chobanian would add $5 or $10 to patrons’ final bill, taking a total of $550 from customers.

Abbey Road owner Mike Montgomery says he plans to pay back every customer who was affected. Chobanian has been fired.

Chobanian is charged with obtaining property by false pretenses. He’s being held in the Wake County jail. It’s unclear whether he had an attorney to comment on his behalf.

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