A former pizza delivery man will appear in Cambria County Court, accused of stealing money from his employer – Capri Pizza in Lower Yoder Township.
Joshua Daniel Seminsky, 27, of the 100 block of Lancer Court, Johnstown, waived his right to a preliminary hearing on Monday.
He is charged with 37 counts of forgery and 74 counts each of theft by deception and receiving stolen property.
West Hills Regional police said Seminsky was a delivery man for Capri, 1757 Goucher St., from Feb. 6 until March 29.
During that time, police said, he hatched a scheme to steal $275.89 in tips.
Police said after customers phoned in credit card orders, Seminsky would sign the credit card receipts and include a generous tip.
Capri would then pay Seminsky the tip money.
The business is expected to be reimbursed, police Sgt. George Musulin III said.
“They’re the ones who actually paid out the cash for tips when the slips were turned in,” Musulin said.
Tips ranged from $2 to $18.
The scheme was uncovered when the owner began looking at Seminsky’s receipts after customers began questioning credit card amounts.
Seminsky denied forging customers’ names, said his attorney, Brett Smith of the public defender’s office.
“He did not forge signatures,” Smith said. “He may have modified the numbers on the tips a little bit.
“He accepts responsibility for his actions,” Smith said, noting that Seminsky is dealing with drug-related issues.
Seminsky was returned to the Cambria County Prison after appearing before District Judge Mary Ann Zanghi of Vinco.
Patrick Buchnowski is a reporter with The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on twitter.com/PatBuchnowskiTD.