Restaurant employee charged with theft, credit card fraud

Rosero Celso Medina

A Gallatin man has been charged for stealing nearly $200,000 from a Hendersonville restaurant over a 12-month period.

Rosero Celso Medina, 28, was arrested Sept. 14 and charged with theft over $60,000 and fraudulent use of credit cards over $60,000, according to an arrest affidavit filed in Sumner County General Sessions Court.

The charges followed a three-month investigation that started when an attorney for Jonathan’s Grille contacted police in June to report a theft of nearly $200,000 by Medina, a former employee of the company’s Hendersonville location.

The attorney told police that Medina, who was since working at another Jonathan’s location, created a Sam’s Club account in April 2020 using the company credit card associated with the Hendersonville location. Medina then went on to make 395 unauthorized transactions from April 25, 2020 through April 26, 2021, buying wedding items, electronics, gift cards and other items for a total charge of $194,495.84, according to the affidavit.

The investigation culminated in the execution of a search warrant to recover evidence at Medina’s home in Gallatin, and his subsequent arrest.

Medina is being held in the Sumner County Jail on a $85,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in Sumner County General Sessions Court at 9 a.m. on Oct. 27.

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