Thursday, February 20, 2014

Former Executive Of Oregon Restaurant Chain Accused Of Embezzling $1 Million, Now Faces New Accusations Of Theft From Another Company

From KOIN on 2/20/14:

The former Chief Operating Officer for Typhoon! — who already stands accused of embezzling approximately $1 million from the now defunct popular local restaurant chain — is now accused of embezzling money from a global food distribution company, KOIN 6 News has learned.

Richard Lee Anderson, 56, was arraigned Wednesday in Multnomah County Circuit Court on a grand jury indictment charging him with two counts of first-degree aggravated theft. The new case was opened after investigators received an anonymous tip.


Court documents obtained by KOIN show that between the periods of May — July 2012 and August –October 2012, Anderson stole approximately $20,000 from food distributor Sysco Corporation.

Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Kevin Demer, who is prosecuting the case said that based on preliminary information, Anderson worked for Sysco before being hired at Typhoon!.

The new grand jury indictment was issued Feb. 13, 2014.

Investigators learned after Anderson left Typhoon! — which shut down its five locations in February 2012 — he was re-hired at Sysco as a district manager. Officials said one of the clients he was responsible for was Bambuza Vietnam Bistro, which has two restaurant locations on the South Waterfront in Portland and in Hillsboro.

Anderson is accused of “padding” Bambuza’s invoice by adding extra food items, like chicken and bread. The items, not ordered by Bambuza, but reportedly added on by Anderson, would be listed as will-call. Anderson would then pick up the extra items himself and then sell them on the side, court documents allege.


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