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Fast Food Manager Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud After Embezzling More Than $140,000 From Employer

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A Woodbury man has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $140,000 from his employer, announced United States Attorney Andrew M. Luger.

According to court documents, Timothy Michael Hill, Jr., 36, was employed by Company A to manage a fast-food franchise restaurant at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport. In his position as manager, Hill was responsible for collecting and making daily cash deposits into a safe deposit box.

According to court documents, between September 2022 and October 2023, Hill collected the daily cash receipts from the restaurant and instead of depositing it into the safe deposit box, pocketed some or all of the cash. Hill attempted to conceal his embezzlement by using future cash receipts to cover his theft, creating a false impression that the cash deposits were delayed rather than stolen. To further conceal his embezzlement, Hill sent regular emails to Company A's accounting personnel representing that he was belatedly depositing cash from earlier dates, when, in fact, he was using cash collected during the ensuing time period to conceal his embezzlement.

According to court documents, Hill spent the stolen cash on jewelry, online sports betting, and the adult website Only Fans, among other things. He also transferred thousands of dollars through CashApp to various individuals, including several female colleagues in exchange for personal photos and videos.

In total, Hill knowingly and willfully embezzled approximately $144,000 from Company A over a period of 13 months.

Hill pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court before Judge Paul A. Magnuson to one count of wire fraud. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled at a later time.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI and the Minneapolis Airport Police Department.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew C. Murphy is prosecuting the case.

 

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