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May 15, 2014

Restaurant facing state charges

3-month excise police investigation leads to arrest of trainer, 115 charges

TERRE HAUTE — Indiana State Excise Police have cited a Terre Haute restaurant and 14 other  businesses among 115 charges after a three-month investigation into fraudulent alcohol training certificates, according to a press release.

Real Hacienda, 2750 S. Third St., was cited in the investigation for four counts of retailer/dealer certification requirement, four counts for alcohol server criteria, one count no employee permit and one count employee record required.

Excise officers also arrested Matthew B. Miller, 37, Indianapolis, on two preliminary charges each of forgery (a class-C felony) and theft (a class-D felony). Police said they had received information that Miller offered to sell alcohol-training certificates to employees at businesses in Terre Haute without requiring that they attend any training.

Miller, according to the press release, is one of the state’s approved certified trainers for in-person server training. In the press release, excise police said Miller sold false certificates for $20 to $25 each to businesses or employees without providing any training.

In addition to Miller’s criminal charges in Vigo County Superior Court 6, he also faces 58 counts of administrative charges for violating the terms of his server trainer license with the Alcohol & Tobacco Commission, excise police said in the press release.

State law mandates that clerks, bartenders, waiters and managers at liquor stores, bars, restaurants and clubs successfully complete a two-hour alcohol-training program.

Employees selling alcohol at grocery stores and drug stores do not need to have permits or complete any training.

“The server training program offered by the State Excise Police is designed to ensure that servers understand the importance of recognizing the symptoms of intoxication,” Superintendent Matt Strittmatter said. “This is an important public safety concern.”


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