The former chief operating officer of a local Thai food restaurant chain pleaded not guilty to theft charges Tuesday.
A grand jury indicted Richard Lee Anderson on 17 counts of first-degree aggravated theft and five counts of first-degree theft from the Typhoon restaurant chain where he worked.
Prosecutors said he stole about $1 million from the company between 2009 and 2011.
Prosecutors said Anderson pocketed employee tax withholdings instead of submitting them to the federal and state governments.
According to the prosecutor's office, owners Steve and Bo Kline weren't aware that the state and federal governments were not receiving their money.
This is the latest development with the restaurant chain that closed its doors in February. The business owed more than $2 million in unpaid taxes and prosecutor Kevin Demer said Anderson's actions ultimately led to the downfall of the company, leaving 300 people out of work.
The judge ruled Tuesday that after posting bail, Anderson must surrender his passport and agree to stay in Oregon.
Two former chefs are also suing the company for almost $5 million, claiming they violated federal and state labor laws.
Anderson has posted bail. He is expected to be back in court for his trail on Nov. 21.
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