Garden City - The local manager of a Florida-based valet parking service may find himself parked behind bars for allegedly stealing tips from his employees, a total of more than $23,000, according to Nassau County prosecutors.
John Benevento, 32, of Rutherford, New Jersey, is accused of demanding his employees on Long Island turn over their tips to him, or risk losing their jobs. The valet service company, "One Way Valet, Inc.," is engaged by Capital Grille and Seasons 52 restaurants at Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City.
Prosecutors say beginning in January of 2013 Benevento (photo) traveled to Long Island each Friday and robbed his employees out of approximately $400 per-person, per week, for a total of $23,541.
The workers, many of whom are reportedly local college students, brought the matter to the attention of the Nassau District Attorney's office.
Benevento was arrested Friday. He pleaded not guilty Saturday is free today on $20,000 bail. His next court date is Tuesday. If convicted, Benevento faces up to four years in prison.
Photo: Nassau County