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TPD: Restaurant manager gave workers extra pay for 'favors'

Ronnie Gerrell Wiley
Posted at 8:50 AM, Nov 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-07 03:54:18-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A man who managed a Tallahassee restaurant has been accused of giving workers extra pay for "favors" that included an intimate relationship.

Ronnie Gerrell Wiley, 34, of Tallahassee, was arrested and booked into the Leon County Detention Center on Monday and released on a $5,000 bond.

Wiley's arrest came after the owner of California Chicken Grill, 1904 W. Pensacola St., told law enforcement of the theft, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Wiley, the general manager at the time, was said to have committed the thefts from Dec. 16, 2016, to Jan. 26, 2018.

On Feb. 15, 2018, a witness told the owner that Wiley had regularly added extra (non-worked) hours to her paycheck, court documents said. The extra hours totaled $1,336.65 between 2016 - 2018.

Shortly after the accusation, Wiley was fired from California Chicken Grill.

The owner provided the Tallahassee Police Department investigator with information showing that five other female employees had extra hours added to their paychecks. The extra hours totaled about $2,600 from 2016 - 2018.

The TPD investigator wrote that the five women could not be reached.

Wiley had complete control of submitting payroll time card hours to the processor, the owner told the investigator. 

Wiley declined to speak with the investigator. His lawyer told the investigator that Wiley would not make a statement about the matter.

Wiley is charged with grand theft of $300 or more but less than $5,000.