Mint the Restaurant was a popular eatery until it closed in April 2015.
Mint the Restaurant was a popular eatery until it closed in April 2015.
The former owner of a popular Ridgeland restaurant was recently indicted by a Madison County grand jury on one charge of embezzlement.

Patrick Kelly, former owner of Mint the Restaurant located at Renaissance at Colony Park, is alleged to have pocketed money withheld from an employee for child support payments.

Kelly was ordered by a Hinds County Chancery Court judge in December 2008 to withhold $433 per month from Charles Wiggins’ paychecks for child support, according to the indictment. The money was then supposed to be paid to the Central Receipting and Disbursement Unit of the Mississippi Department of Human Services to provide support for two children.

The indictment states that between July 31, 2013 and April 30, 2015, Kelly failed to deliver the $433 per month to the MDHS despite garnishing the wages.

According to the indictment, Kelly “willfully, unlawfully, feloniously and fraudulently approrpriated the total sum of $10,914.22 which had been withheld by him” of Wiggins’ wages.

The indictment was dated Aug. 10 and Kelly was arrested last week. He was taken to the Madison County Detention Center and later released on $10,000 bond.

Mint Restaurant LLC filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on April 10 and closed its doors soon after. At the time, the restaurant had total liabilities of $618,500 and had debts of $185,000 to the IRS and $125,000 to the Mississippi Department of Revenue.