The former owner of an Olathe barbeque restaurant was sentenced Wednesday to serve one year and one month in prison for a string of financial crimes involving customers’ credit cards.
Sander, 55, was plagued by a “significant drug and alcohol problem” that he has since addressed, according to court documents filed by his attorney.
The crimes saw Sander going on spending binges with credit cards that customers left behind at the restaurant. In one case, Sander took a woman’s purse from the bar of an Overland Park restaurant and used her debit card.
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Besides the term behind bars, Sander was ordered Wednesday to pay restitution of $11,400.
After his release from prison, he will be on probation for 18 months. As a condition of probation he was ordered to stay away from Walmart, Home Depot, Kohls and Sam’s Club stores.
The restaurant, a longtime fixture in Olathe, has a new owner who said Sander is no longer affiliated with the business.