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North Carolina waitress accused of theft in alleged tip scheme

Many people in North Carolina and across the country try to support themselves by working as servers in the food industry. Unfortunately, wages are low, and servers are often left dependent upon their customers to provide them with tips. However, law enforcement officials believe that one server committed theft in a plan to obtain additional tip money.

Though the dates of the alleged crimes were not included in arrest warrants, the woman was arrested on a day in April. Police believe that the 25-year-old woman was purchasing prepaid Visa cards with her own money. Police say that she would then leave "extravagant" tips on the card even though she knew that the cards had insufficient funds to cover them.

None of the alleged incidents involved customers' money. The woman allegedly used 14 different credit cards to obtain over $3,700 in tips ranging from just under $60 to almost $540. She faces 14 counts of obtaining property under false pretenses, a felony.

Unfortunately, cases involves allegations of theft are often complicated, making it difficult for those accused to fully understand all of the options available to them as well as their potential consequences. In some situations, it may be prudent for defendants to accept a plea deal -- if offered -- while in others in might make more sense to fight the charges in court. Professionals with experience with such cases can help people in North Carolina in such a situation carefully weigh their options and come to a decision regarding the most appropriate course of action.

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