2018-08-08 / Front Page

Woman suspected in $150,000 embezzlement

Allegedly stole lottery tickets for years
BY ERIC LEVINE
810-452-2689 • elevine@mihomepaper.com

The manager of a Sandusky gas station allegedly embezzled thousands of dollars of scratch-off Michigan lottery tickets.

According to Sandusky Chief of Police Brett Lester, the 53-year-old woman has been charged with embezzlement more than $1,000 less than $20,000.

The suspect’s name was not released pending arraignment in Sanilac County District Court.

It took several months for police to gather all the evidence pertaining to the alleged embezzlement at Murphy USA, 675 W. Sanilac Road.

“The amount stolen may have been approaching $150,000 in lottery tickets over a 10-year period,” said Lester.

The investigation began after “the Michigan Lottery Commission started questioning the number of lottery tickets kept on the site. They contacted the regional manager of Murphy Oil and Gas who started an internal investigation,” said the police chief.

The company’s investigation led to “a single employee’s involvement, that being the store manager,” Lester said.

The criminal case includes video surveillance, and a paper trail in which the suspect allegedly “made attempts to disguise” the thefts, the chief said.

According to Lester, the employee allegedly took rolls of lottery tickets and would use cash from winning tickets to cover the cost of the rolls.

When the winnings fell short of what she needed to hide the thefts, the woman allegedly filed false paperwork as to how many tickets the gas station had in stock.

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