The lure of illicit earnings was too sweet for a cake deliveryman to resist, according to a lawsuit filed by an upscale New York City bakery. Lady M Confections says David Lliviganay, 32, smuggled at least 1,020 of its cakes out of its Queens warehouse over a few months and resold them to other vendors, the New York Times reports. Lady M’s cakes, including creations like its Rabbit Stamp Signature Mille Crêpe, sell for $90 each, meaning the delivery driver stole cakes worth $89,250, the company says. The company, says Llivaganay started pilfering cakes in late 2018, but it didn’t become aware of the theft until months later, when it discovered that “unauthorized resellers” were selling them at discount.
Surveillance video revealed Llivaganay shifting cakes from company freezers to his car on dozens of occasions, according to the company, whose products have been raved about by celebrities including Oprah Winfrey. According to court records, Llivaganay was charged with 15 counts of petty larceny and pleaded guilty in July. He is due to be sentenced later his month. The company’s lawsuit s seeking the value of the cakes, plus interest and punitive damages for his “malicious” behavior, the Guardian reports. Llivaganay, the lawsuit states, “violated his duty of loyalty” to the company. (Read more New York City stories.)