SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A man has pleaded not guilty to making unauthorized purchases of meat and cheese while working as the head chef for a Sioux City bar and grill.

The Sioux City Journal reports that 52-year-old Carlos Barrera entered a written plea to a theft charge Wednesday in Woodbury County District Court.

Court documents say Barrera made an estimated 53 unauthorized purchases from Staber Meats between May 9, 2017, and Nov. 9, 2017. The documents say Barrera ordered the items, picked them up in his vehicle and then signed invoices allowing Staber Meats to automatically withdraw payment from the Ickey Nickel's bank account. The documents say Barrera never took the food to the bar.

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, http://www.siouxcityjournal.com