I'm in a bit of a pickle here at work and I need some opinions on how much shit I'm realistically in. For context, I am a top-performing second year analyst at a.
At my bank we have a dinner policy that allows us to redeem any meal cost under $30. When I first started, I was pretty strapped for cash and so I took out a small loan to cover my rent, food, and a receipt machine. I started making meals at home and printing off fake receipts of various restaurants in the area in order to redeem all the extra cash I could. It proved to be a wise investment- I was able to generate ~$9k in meal revenue.
Here's where shit goes downhill:
One night when I was out for drinks with a fellow analyst, I spilled the beans about the receipt machine and he begged to use the machine so he too could earn some extra cash. Of course I agreed because I figured I had everything to lose... he could have easily foiled my plan by telling others.
Fast-forward 1.5 years later, and this dumb fuck. who I will give the alias of "Cletus," gets caught. It turns out that Cletus tried to redeem the cost of a steak from Mastro's that was far too rare and moist to have a value below $30.
Both Cletus and I are now scheduled to meet with the business manager on Friday. I have not yet devised a plan on how to behave in the meeting. However, before I plan each move I need to know: How fucked am I, really? Is this grounds for being let go? Or will I just have to owe all of my dinner redemption cash back?
I'm hoping someone with a similar experience can provide some insight.