How likely would I be to get caught if I set up a fake catering service and payed my self with my company credit card? I have a bloated budget that I will never spend all of under normal circumstances... so i am thinking of doing a fake $500 monthly catering service for "staff lunch" or something
wether with a restaurant or something else, it would be better if the fake billing was made by a real company owned by someone else. A bogus one under your name is risky, one Goggle search and you're busted. As a hospitality professional, this kind of things is not unheard of, but tricky to bring up with someone you don't know. Go around your friends and split the amount over different services (taxi, food, courier) $140 billings won't draw as much attention as $500
>breaking the law to make an extra $125 per week
This is nigger logic. Either go big time and rip them off for something substantial, or ask for a pay rise and suggest it come out of the budget.
do you have a friend you can trust, or a family member? open a consulting office in his name, . he'll write you a invoice every month for the services he offers, which considering consulting, could be everything (e.g. drinking tea with you in order to keep you from burning out etc.). give him a 3% share and you keep the rest off hand. as long as it is in small sums, his 'office' will not be suspicious.
I don't know for the U.S, but where I live payments must be made to the legal name of the company (which may not be the same as the name on the front of the store) You would have to set up an account with the same name as the company you're piggy-backing, which won't be possible or too risky, because an account which that name already exists, the account of the real company.
Your restaurant idea is good, but you need someone with manager access to be able to write fake bills, and then take them out of the restaurant's system. Same goes for any other setups (hairdresser, taxi), you need someone who can make invoices.
Sums should be small enough to be "payed" in cash, no paper trail, just the ticket issued by restaurant, saying "payed in cash".
Bringing other people in the mix implies giving them a cut but that seems safer to me than everything tied back to you. Or you could by three or four different check printers and print checks yourself, depends on how deep your accountant would go.