CHUM'S CORNER — A Traverse City man purloined pizzas, Gatorade and thousands of dollars from a Chum's Corner pizzeria that he managed, authorities said.
Gary Allen Ivy, 48, faces a felony charge in 86th District Court of embezzlement between $1,000 and $20,000.
Grand Traverse County sheriff’s detectives conducted a months-long investigation into accusations Ivy pocketed cash from voided orders, pilfered tip jar funds and funneled beverages home while he managed Mancino’s Pizza & Grinders at Chum's Corner.
All the missing money and food that investigators traced back to Ivy totaled $21,000, according to a police report.
“The financial crimes typically involve a lot more investigation to find out where the money went,” said Capt. Randy Fewless. “ ... I think it probably happens a lot more than we know about because businesses don’t have the checks and balances.”
Ivy couldn’t be reached for comment. He didn’t have an attorney listed with the court.
The investigation began after Ivy tendered his resignation in June 2013 and Mancino’s managers became suspicious about a “disproportionately high amount of purchase voids” he made on duty.
Voided amounts averaged up to $400 per month before Ivy became a manager and jumped to $3,000 afterward, court documents state. Many voids had no receipt, explanation or verification.
“The amount of unaccounted-for money embezzled by Ivy is estimated to be in excess of $15,000,” the documents state.
Fewless said detectives in embezzlement cases often turn to witnesses to find where a suspect spent their ill-begotten funds. The police report lists 13 witnesses, many of whom worked with Ivy.
One witness told detectives he saw Ivy place cash directly in his pocket and throw away a receipt. Ivy also told employees during a trip to a casino that the Mancino’s tip jar was “buying their drinks that night,” according to court documents.