The ex-manger of one of Long Island’s most popular high-end steak houses has been accused of stealing nearly a quarter million dollars from the company over the past five years.
Barry Pearlstein, who has since moved to Florida, was charged with grand larceny and falsifying business records.
Nassau County police said the 70-year-old stole $230,000 when he engaged in a scheme to under-report sales and other items to reduce cash deposit amounts while he was the manager of Ruth Chris Steak House in Garden City from Jan. 1, 2009 to June 18, 2014.
The restaurant’s management reported the alleged thefts, which sparked an investigation by the Nassau County District Attorney’s office and Crimes Against Property Squad detectives.
The suspect surrendered to authorities this week. Judge Joy Watson set bail for Pearlstein at $25,000 cash or bond. He faces up to 15 years in prison, if convicted.