Twin Cinema employee accused of embezzling
By Emma Breysse, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Date: October 6, 2012
A former Twin Cinema employee is accused of using his box office position to steal nearly $2,000 of theater proceeds during the past two months.
Frank Edwin Meek, 63, of Driggs, Idaho, faces a grand larceny charge after his girlfriend became suspicious and reported him to his employer and law enforcement.
Meek took home between $90 and $190 out of each workday’s ticket and concession sales between Aug. 15 and Sept. 27, court files allege.
His girlfriend started suspecting something was wrong when she noticed Meek suddenly started to pay for things with $50 and $100 bills, according to court files.
The investigation eventually concluded that Meek pocketed cash and recorded altered totals when he prepared the theater’s daily bank deposits, according to an affidavit from Deputy Gary Shaw.
Shaw’s sworn statement in the court file contains the following narrative:
Meek worked three days a week at Twin Cinema, running the box office. He was also responsible for tallying each day’s proceeds from ticket and concession sales, and recorded the totals in company ledgers.
Meek allegedly calculated the amount of money he wanted to keep for himself each night and subtracted from the total using the theater’s adding machine. The smaller number was the one he entered into the ledger for that night.
Meek brought the slips from the adding machine home with him and kept them. His girlfriend went to the owner of Twin Cinema after she found those slips.
After Meek’s employer received that evidence, he notified the sheriff’s office and deputies set up a camera to monitor Meek at work. The video from the night the camera was set up shows Meek entering two sets of numbers and putting a stack of bills into his pockets, according to the affidavit.
Meek was arrested Wednesday. He remains in jail following his initial appearance Thursday in 9th Circuit Court, where Judge James Radda set his bail at $25,000 cash.
If he is released, Meek is ordered not to contact his girlfriend or his former employer and is not allowed to go into any of Jackson’s movie theaters, all of which are owned by his former employer.