A co-owner of Summit Nightlife in Branson has been arrested after allegations he funneled tens of thousands of dollars in sales from a restaurant he didn’t own into his personal bank accounts.
Quentin Pierce Evans, 23, was arrested by the Branson Police Department on March 10 and faces a charge of theft over $25,000, a Class C felony, which if convicted, could result in a sentence of three to 10 years.
According to court documents, the owners of Jackie B. Goode’s Uptown Cafe reported to the Branson Police Department that Evans, a manager employed by the cafe, stole $61,959.67 from the business by embezzling the credit card payments to personal accounts.
Cafe owners said Evans offered to update the restaurant’s account and reservation computer software in October 2020 with two programs, “ToastTab” and “SevenRooms.” ToastTab has been used for all parts of cafe operations, including point of sale, ordering, online ordering and delivery, payroll, and restaurant employee management. The second system, “SevenRooms”, was used for delivery and pickup, reservations, waitlist, events, mobile ordering and payment. This software had no point-of-sale functionality and required the use of a service called “stripe” for credit card or merchant processing.
Investigators allege Evans misrepresented himself as the owner of Jackie B. Goode’s Uptown Cafe when an account was created with Stripe. Proceeds from the account were sent to a bank account at the Central Bank of which Evans was the sole account holder.
All proceeds from credit card transactions were deposited into the Central Bank account from approximately April 9, 2021 to September 7, 2021, totaling $52,834.74.
In addition to creating an account with Stripe, investigators say Evans created a DoorDash account posing as the owner of the cafe. A total of $9,124.43 in credit card transaction proceeds was placed in the Central Bank account from April 16, 2021 to September 10, 2021.
The actual owners of Jackie B. Goode’s Uptown Cafe claim they had no knowledge of Stripe or DoorDash accounts, and said they never gave Evans permission or authority to act on them. name to create the accounts.
Investigators say none of the $61,959.17 in stolen product was ever transferred to the legitimate coffee-related bank accounts.
The Branson Tri-Lakes News contacted Evans’ attorney, Barney Naioti, who said neither he nor his client would make a statement at this time.
Missouri CaseNet says Evans has been released on $75,000 bail and is scheduled to appear before Judge Yarnell on Tuesday, April 5.