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A former Lake Geneva Burger King manager was sentenced to probation with some jail time after he pleaded guilty to stealing thousands of dollars from the restaurant.

Joel I. Escobar-Lopez, 23, of Lake Geneva reached an agreement Sept. 19 to plead guilty to theft in a business setting of more than $10,000.

Conditions for his probation include six months of jail time with work release. He also must pay $50,000 in restitution unless he requests a hearing to contest that.

Escobar-Lopez was charged with taking $90,751.10 between November 2014 and November 2016 by deleting register entries as canceled transactions. He then took the money, according to the criminal complaint.

Shortly after he started working at Burger King about eight or nine years ago, Escobar-Lopez started deleting orders to give friends free meals, the complaint states.

Then he started taking money, beginning with smaller amounts, such as $80 once or twice a week, according to the complaint. The thefts later escalated.

A judge also ordered Escobar-Lopez to serve 160 hours of community service—40 for each year of probation.

Escobar-Lopez must report to the Walworth County Jail at or before 8 a.m. Oct. 19.

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