Alabama Chick-Fil-A Employees Indicted After Scheme to Steal ‘Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars’ Thwarted

by Jon D. B.
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After embezzling “hundreds of thousands of dollars” through fraudulent transactions, two former Chick-Fil-A supervisors are facing upwards of 30 years each in federal prison.

According to a joint statement from U.S. Attorney Prim F. Escalona & U.S. Secret Service Special Agent in Charge Patrick M. Davis, the two former supervisors “invented and executed a scheme to divert hundreds of thousands of dollars in customer payments between April 2018 and January 2020 from the Chick-fil-A in Birmingham’s Five Points neighborhood,” the Associated Press reports via FOX News.

The men – Larry James Black Jr., 37, and Joshua Daniel Powell, 40, now face a 16-count indictment. Within, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Alabama charge both with conspiracy to commit wire fraud. In addition, both men face charges of fulfilling said wire fraud, as well.

Black is also solely accused of misuse of a social security number alongside bank fraud.

Both former Chick-Fil-A employees were able to commit their crimes through their roles as supervisors. Black was the Five Points location’s director of hospitality. Powell was its manager.

Chick-Fil-A Supervisors Used Email & Digital Payments to Swindle Thousands

Through federal statements, FOX News reports that each supervisor employed “fraudulent email” and “digital payment accounts”. Through them, the former employees were able to trick customers into sending payments for orders, including catering requests, to personal bank accounts.

In total, their indictment lists over $30,000 in transfers. Each, of course, are now known to be illegal transactions.

The Department of Justice details that each ex-Chick-Fil-A employee now faces up to 20 years in prison on “conspiracy to commit wire fraud” alone. An additional 20 years in prison is also on the table for “wire fraud.”

Moreover, Larry James Black Jr. also “faces a maximum of 30 years in prison for bank fraud.”

Black also faces a max of 5 years in prison for “misusing a social security number.”

Chick-Fil-A, however, is declining comment on the Alabama arrests and indictments. So far, no attorneys are present for either suspect.

Meanwhile, the popular fast-food chain is busy pushing their new Lemon Kale Caesar Salad. In a press release from Chick-fil-A, the company said that the new salad will be available nationwide on Monday, April 26. With this in mind, it’s doubtful the chain is eager to face this controversy head-on.

The company has also recently invested $19 million into employee scholarships in 2021.