May 6, 2013 2:42 PM by Janine Reyes
CORPUS CHRISTI -- Michelle and Jim Ovecka walked into court in cuffs this morning. The former owners of Two Georges Seafood Restaurant are accused of stealing close to $200,000 from at least 31 customers at the restaurant that closed in late 2011.
The Oveckas claim they never tried to run from the law, saying they just moved to Arizona before a grand jury had indicted them on felony theft charges.
"They've made every effort to appear in front of this court," argued their attorney, Joe Gonzales, "they came down voluntarily to take care of this, they're here to do the right thing."
Judge Bobby Galvan is allowing the couple to post bond again, but ordered that they remain in Texas until trial.
"The only sticking point I have is I'm not thrilled about them going out of state," Galvan told the court, "they don't have to remain in Nueces County, I'm not thrilled about them going out of state."
The case began when the restaurant closed its doors and customers started coming forward with evidence of unauthorized credit card charges. One customer's account showed a charge of $20,000.
Police issued a warrant in December 2011, but the Oveckas could not be found. In February of this year, US Marshals finally tracked the couple down to Tucson, Arizona. A judge released them on bond a few weeks later.