Former Wing Stop manager embezzles thousands of dollars

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Former Wing Stop manager, Daniel Hedgecorth, is accused of embezzling a minimum of $49,000 since January of 2017, this according to Peoria police reports. 

The owner says he noticed something was off when cash deposits were bigger than the sales. 

Wing Stop’s register requires thumb print access. This feature is in place so that employees cannot access other accounts. This feature helped narrow down who was behind the embezzlement. 

According to reports, Hedgecorth was using a online payment feature, which let customers pay online instead of in store. As customers came in to pay, he then would hit the “online” button making the computer think the order was already paid for online. Later, he would go back into the system and change the numbers so they matched up, so he could pocket the in store amount, and the numbers wouldn’t be off. 

The owner of the restaurant says on his last two days, 5/25-26, Hedgecorth had a zero cash deposit and a $40 cash deposit. After crunching some numbers, Hedgecorth had taken $700 in just those two days. 

Reports show he began taking small amounts that gradually got larger. 

Wing Stop has contacted their accountant who is now doing an in depth analysis of their records. 

The owner believes Hedgecorth has pocketed nearly $50,000. 

This is an ongoing investigation. Story will be updated. 

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