Midtown Matron Nabbed $200K in Breakfast Scam
By Nicole Bode
DNAinfo Associate Editor
MANHATTAN — A Midtown hotel staffer is getting away with a slap on the wrist after skimming $208,000 in a breakfast scam, the New York Post reports.
Belvedere Hotel controller Mary Cormis, 62, pocketed $6 apiece from her customers' morning meals in an elaborate scam that escaped her bosses' notice for three years.
Comis rang up the $19.95 American breakfast — with more expensive meats and eggs — as the cheaper $13.95 continental fare.
When it came time for her to deposit the hotel's cash, she made off with the difference, the Post reports.
When the hotel confronted Comis about the missing cash, the upstate resident admitted stealing "to pay off her financial debts," the Post reports.
The Manhattan District attorney's office said she perpetuated the scam between Jan. 1, 2006 and March 31, 2009.
Comis pleaded guilty last week to grand larceny in exchange for 300 hours of community service and 5 years probation. Her sentencing is on Oct. 15.
Colleagues at the West 48th St. hotel said they bear no ill will — as long as she repays the cash.
"That's all we care about," Hotel manager Glenn Isaacs told the Post.
"We're still very friendly with her. We like and respect her."