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Woman accused of theft after playing lottery game at work

Pennsylvania attorneys understand that it may be easy to fall into a situation where unintended stealing from an employer may occur. A woman was recently accused of theft from her employer, and she may face thousands in fines and years in prison. She is likely using the assistance of a criminal defense attorney to strategize her defense case in court.

The woman worked for a store called Spanky's Tobacco World and appears to have been on her shift alone on the day of her alleged crimes. Allegedly, she spent a large part of her shift playing an online lottery game and purchasing thousands of dollars of tickets that cost $5 a piece. Her employer was alerted to the possible theft by the person who reported to the store for the next shift. According to the other employee, the accused woman admitted that her cash register drawer would not be accurate, and she returned with $3,000 in cash to attempt to make up for her lottery games.

After the woman was accused, the employer sought the assistance of a lottery employee who was able to access the lottery games played in the store that day. The lottery employee believed that over $8,000 worth of the games played on the woman's shift was attributed to her personal playing. The woman has been arrested and charged with 3rd-degree felonies. If convicted of her crimes, she could spend 14 years in prison and be ordered to pay thousands in fines.

Anyone is capable of breaking the law, intended or not. Those who are accused of breaking the law often find it helpful to secure an experienced criminal defense attorney as early in the process as possible to ensure the best outcome. Anyone accused of theft from their employer in Pennsylvania could benefit from the assistance of a lawyer.

Source:, "Former Spanky's employee accused of $8k lottery theft," Dec. 17, 2017

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