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RACINE — An Illinois man is facing charges for allegedly manipulating customers’ checks while working at a local pizza restaurant.

Christopher J. Jones, of the 39000 block of Walton Lane in Beach Park, Ill., is charged with two felony counts of computer crimes, modifying data and two misdemeanor counts of theft in a business setting.

According to the criminal complaint:

On Aug. 10, 2016, a Racine Police officer was dispatched to Third Coast Wood Fire Pizza & Pub, 207 Gaslight Circle, regarding an alleged embezzlement. A restaurant manager said that a former employee, Jones, had reportedly manipulated customers’ receipts to pocket money.

The manager said that Jones rang up food and drink orders and charged customers in full. He then applied promotion codes to the customers’ bills so the amount they owed was less than they paid and pocketed the difference.

Jones also manipulated tips in a similar way, allegedly applying promotional codes and adding the difference to the tip amount, which kept the customers’ total the same, but increased the total tip he received.

The manager said that between July 1, 2016, and Aug. 12, 2016, Jones reportedly manipulated more than $2,000 worth of receipts using these methods.

Jones was charged in December but was first scheduled to appear in court Wednesday afternoon. As of Wednesday evening, he was not in custody and did not appear to have attended his court date, online records show.

An adjourned initial appearance is scheduled for March 26 at the Law Enforcement Center, 717 Wisconsin Ave.