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Woman stole lottery tickets to get better working hours

Pennsylvania LotteryPennsylvania Lottery: Woman stole lottery tickets to get better working hours

A convenience store worker allegedly stole at least $800 worth of Pennsylvania Lottery tickets and gave the winning ones to her boss in exchange for better working hours, police said.

Marcella Fletcher, 53, of Garfield Street, Nanticoke, faces charges of theft, tampering with records, and making false reports to law enforcement, police said.

According to police, Fahim Mirza, owner of the Uni-Mart on Market Street, told police on Jan. 15 that one of his former employees had been stealing from him.

Videotape from Dec. 24, 2006, showed Fletcher scratching off hundreds of dollars worth of lottery tickets, police said. Store manager Peggy Tweedly said Fletcher had scratched the tickets and thrown the losing ones in the trash. Tweedly reviewed the surveillance tape and reported it to Mirza, who fired Fletcher, police said.

Under police questioning, Fletcher said she took lottery tickets from Thanksgiving through Dec. 14, 2006, scratched them off, and gave the winning ones to Tweedly. Fletcher altered lottery sale records to conceal the thefts, police said.

Fletcher said Tweedly promised to adjust her working hours to better suit her if she did Tweedly a favor, namely give her $50 to $100 worth of lottery tickets at least twice a week, police said. Fletcher told police she scratched off at least $800 worth of lottery tickets and gave about $400 worth of winning tickets to Tweedly.

Tweedly denied participating in the theft, and said she would take a lie detector test, police said.

Tweedly asked for Fletcher to be charged with making false reports to law enforcement for telling police she was also involved.

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dumars798's avatar - batman17
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Posted: February 9, 2007, 9:42 pm - IP Logged

No No Now that's crazy!

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    Littleoldlady's avatar - basket
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    Posted: February 9, 2007, 9:47 pm - IP Logged

    No that is stupid and if the shift manager told her that, then she needs to be fired, too. Crazy

    If you know your number is going to hit, have patience and then KILL IT!

    You never know when you will get another hit.

      dumars798's avatar - batman17
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      Posted: February 9, 2007, 11:26 pm - IP Logged

      No that is stupid and if the shift manager told her that, then she needs to be fired, too. Crazy

      This Story is crazy from the beginning,lottery officials

      should take the lottery away from this store!!

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        Coastal Georgia
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        Posted: February 10, 2007, 9:24 am - IP Logged

        Never underestimate the stupidity of the human race.

        Forrest Gump : " My mama says stupid is as stupid does "

        Ron White : " You can't fix stupid "

         

                                       

                      

         

         

          justxploring's avatar - villiarna
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          Posted: February 10, 2007, 2:33 pm - IP Logged

          Never underestimate the stupidity of the human race.

          Forrest Gump : " My mama says stupid is as stupid does "

          Ron White : " You can't fix stupid "

          I always wondered where you got that line from DD.  I had to look him up using Google.  Recognized the face right away.  I think I saw him on a show where they roasted Jeff Foxworthy.

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            Posted: February 10, 2007, 6:11 pm - IP Logged

            Nanticoke is a nice area, I've been around there a few times. Maybe the Womand is trying to frame her manager to drag her into what she was doing or to get a lighter punishment. The fact that $800 of tickets returned $400 should tell you something about who's really robbing who.

              justxploring's avatar - villiarna
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              Posted: February 10, 2007, 11:25 pm - IP Logged

              Nanticoke is a nice area, I've been around there a few times. Maybe the Womand is trying to frame her manager to drag her into what she was doing or to get a lighter punishment. The fact that $800 of tickets returned $400 should tell you something about who's really robbing who.

              I agree.  If the store manager is volunteering for a lie detector test, then I doubt if she was involved.  Sounds like that old "I'm not responsible.  Someone else made me do it" excuse.  If there are videotapes of everything that happens at the register then one of them has to have some footage of the manager collecting some money for the $400 in winning tickets, unless she cashed them in somewhere else.  In that case, someone will remember her.  This is so, so, so stupid.  Stealing is never right, but scratching the tickets under the surveillance camera?

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                Posted: February 11, 2007, 11:12 am - IP Logged

                Fletcher said Tweedly promised to adjust her working hours to better suit her if she did Tweedly a favor, namely give her $50 to $100 worth of lottery tickets at least twice a week, police said. Fletcher told police she scratched off at least $800 worth of lottery tickets and gave about $400 worth of winning tickets to Tweedly.

                for that kinda of payoff i would keep my old shift and take the money for myself....but was there a change in her working hours?  Not that I believe the story.....

                "Everybody has to believe in something...I believe I'll have another beer!"   = W.C.Fields                      

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                  Coastal Georgia
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                  Posted: February 11, 2007, 6:33 pm - IP Logged

                  I always wondered where you got that line from DD.  I had to look him up using Google.  Recognized the face right away.  I think I saw him on a show where they roasted Jeff Foxworthy.

                  Yeah, he has also been on the Blue Collar Comedy tour with Jeff Foxworthy.

                  He's funnier than the "git er dun" guy.
                  I can't take that "neck" .......

                  DD