Store manager must pay back stolen $70,000

Night manager pleaded guilty to stealing at least $5,000 from cash registers but records showed the amount was more than $70,000
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 01/22/2013

A night manager convicted of stealing $5,000 from his store was ordered by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice to pay the store owner more than $70,000 to reflect the actual amount he stole.

Navrab Investments operated a food and convenience store called Rabba Fine Foods in Toronto, where Koshy Vaidyan worked as a night manager. Vaidyan was originally hired in 2002 at another Rabba store, and in April 2006 he was appointed night manager at a new store. As a manager, Vaidyan had an access code to void or overwrite amounts on the cash register.

In 2008, a new accounting procedure was implemented in Rabba stores to measure and track cigarette inventory. It was discovered Vaidyan’s store was showing regular losses from disappearing inventory and in-store cameras were installed to get to the bottom of it.