Jan 23, 2014 6:14 PM by Letitia Walker
An Erath woman has entered a guilty plea in federal court after stealing approximately $30,222 from Walk-On's Bistreaux and Bar in Lafayette.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, 24-year-old Hue Bui admitted to one count of wire fraud.
Investigators say from February 2012 to August 2012, Bui stole from the company by using a scheme that involved $25 prepaid American Express, VISA, and Master Card gift cards that she bought herself. During her shift, she would create a fake food or beverage order costing approximately $25, pay for the fake order with the gift card, write in a gratuity amount on the bill, and collect the tips at the end of her shift. When the credit card companies realized the $25 limit was exceeded, they charged the transactions back to Walk-On's.
Bui faces 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, restitution, and three years of supervised release for the count of wire fraud. A sentencing date of May 16, 2014 was set.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kelly P. Uebinger is prosecuting the case.