If you are wondering just how costly and damaging a restaurant kitchen fire can be, examine the case of a fire that recently hit a Long John Silver’s. Consider a recent article for the Culpepper Star Exponent titled “Long John Silver's co-owner faces charges.”
Scott Shenk of Rhonda Simmons of the Culpepper Star Exponent writes, “A former co-owner of a Long John Silver’s franchise in Fredericksburg faces charges of embezzlement and failure to file meals taxes. Sidney V. Wormsby, a 57-year-old Brooklyn, N.Y., resident, was extradited to Fredericksburg on Wednesday, according to Fredericksburg Police Department spokeswoman Sarah Kilpatrick. He was arrested and then released on a personal recognizance bond. He has a Feb. 8 hearing scheduled in Fredericksburg Circuit Court. Wormsby faces three felony counts of embezzlement and four misdemeanor counts of failing to file meals tax reports, according to court records. Wormsby and family members formed the Lilburn, Georgia-based Little Giant Enterprises in 2007 and bought a group of franchised Long John Silver’s locations in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. He was the president of the company. All of the charges against Wormsby are related to the Long John Silver’s/A&W restaurant in Fredericksburg's Central Park, which is closed. The company also had a franchise in Culpeper. The Culpeper Long John Silver's closed voluntarily in April 2015 before the Fredericksburg embezzlement charges to address local citations for violating electrical, mechanical and plumbing issues, according to Gary Cole, property maintenance and code compliance inspector for the town of Culpeper. Cole, along with Virginia State Fire Marshal Steven Sites and assistant fire marshal Robert Parker, visited the 1,947-square-foot fast-food establishment located in Dominion Square Shopping Center in Culpeper on April 6, 2015 where they discovered a faulty commercial cooking ventilation hood.”
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