REGINA, Saskatchewan -- A local pizza parlor owner says he's out more than CAN $300,000 (U.S. $190,000) after the restaurant's former manager allegedly stole from him.

According to the Leader-Post, Vahid Vejdani, 47, has been charged with theft of more than $5,000, forgery and uttering forged documents. He will make his first appearance in Regina Provincial Court in October.

The alleged victim, Dr. Asaf Jaffery, 74, says he's taken a huge financial hit -- and an emotional one.

"We're small business people; we don't have millions and millions," Jaffery said.

Jaffery assumed ownership of the Trifon's Pizza in July of 2001. Vejdani, his neighbor, had experience in the pizza business and was made the manager.

"I was treating him like a son," Jaffery said.

Jaffery first realized there was a problem last December, when he learned some of the store's bills weren't being paid and money was missing. The manager was fired and police were contacted a month later.

On Sept. 6, Regina city police arrested and charged Vejdani.

After owning the restaurant for less than a year, Jaffery sold it back to the man from whom he bought it.

Jaffery isn't optimistic he'll get his money back, and he wants the government to do more to protect senior citizens like himself.

"I lost my money," he said. "I can't do this again."

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