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Clerk admits stealing Indiana lottery tickets

Indiana LotteryIndiana Lottery: Clerk admits stealing Indiana lottery tickets

A former convenience store clerk has pleaded guilty to stealing thousands of dollars' worth of scratch off Hoosier Lottery tickets from two stores she managed.

Karen Valentine was sentenced Tuesday to two years in a work release program and ordered by a Vanderburgh County Circuit Court judge to pay $2,500 in restitution.

Valentine said she took only $2,000 to $3,000 worth of tickets from the two Busler stores in Evansville where she had worked. However, an outside audit found the combined ticket shortages for the two stores she managed totaled $27,013.20.

Valentine said she helped herself to one or two $1 lottery tickets each time a customer bought a series of tickets.

She told the court she only took one or two tickets a day.

"I don't buy your story about one or two a day. That's unbelievable," Magistrate David Kiely told Valentine in court.

Defense attorney Chris Lenn suggested others had the opportunity to steal the tickets. Valentine was the only on site employee at both stores.

When an inventory audit uncovered a large ticket shortage, Valentine denied involvement, and Busler did not have enough proof to terminate her, Nancy Markham, vice president of operations at Busler, testified Tuesday.

But Markham said Valentine later was caught on a store surveillance security tape stealing lottery tickets, scratching them off, and redeeming them for cash.

Valentine was terminated in January.

Indianapolis Star

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3 comments. Last comment 11 years ago by angelm.
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RJOh's avatar - chipmunk
United States
Member #9
March 24, 2001
19831 Posts
Posted: September 1, 2005, 8:10 pm - IP Logged

$27,013.20 worth of tickets for $2,500.00 restitution, sounds like steeling tickets is cheaper than paying for them and if she had gotten lucky and won a big prize she could have fixed the books.  I think they should also recheck the audit that came up with the 20¢ ticket, maybe it included a missing tootsie pop.


 * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
             Evil Looking       

    Blaine WA
    United States
    Member #17275
    June 15, 2005
    117 Posts
    Posted: September 2, 2005, 5:15 pm - IP Logged

    it appears there is little reason for some people to be honest, and that judicial system proves it.

    the odds do not mean much to those who win the jackpot

      angelm's avatar - anne
      richmond ky.
      United States
      Member #15877
      May 22, 2005
      8472 Posts
      Posted: September 2, 2005, 5:24 pm - IP Logged

      No Nod shame-shame on her