July 19 – EAU CLAIRE – A criminal charge against a manager of a former downtown restaurant, who police say embezzled between $5,000 and $10,000 from the business, has been dismissed.
A felony theft from a business indicting Aaron M. Haas, 39, of Eau Claire, was dismissed recently by Eau Claire County Judge Emily Long.
Long dismissed the case without prejudice, meaning criminal charges could be filed against Haas again.
Prosecutors filed the motion to dismiss, which said “further prosecution is not in the interests of justice.”
The criminal complaint in the case said the owner of the former Smiling Moose Deli contacted Eau Claire police in May 2018 because Haas, who had been the restaurant’s manager for about a year, had taken money to business in various forms.
The owner said that in the summer of 2017, two change orders disappeared within two months. Haas blamed the courier service, according to the complaint.
The owner said he was also starting to see increases in reported inventory available at the deli. The owner said reported sales at the store did not match a large inventory, according to the complaint.
The owner said Haas was also likely stealing tips. The owner said it appears no cash tips were deposited during Haas’ time as manager. The owner also believed Haas had completed its mileage reimbursement claims, according to the complaint.