Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Cincinnati Woman Charged With Lottery Ticket Theft

A woman from Cincinnati has been charged with stealing lottery tickets.

Centerville Police say 30-year-old Amber Mathes stole the tickets from the convenience store where she worked and then tried to cover her tracks by going to three other convenience stores to cash the winners.

Matthes was arrested on March 4. She was charged with three counts of lottery ticket theft (a class D felony) and an aggravated misdemeanor.

The three stolen packs of Iowa Lottery scratch-off tickets had a combined value of $900, but contained only three winning tickets with a cash value of $30.

In the state of Iowa, class D felonies can result in five year prison sentences and a fine of $750 to $7,500 for each conviction. Aggravated misdemeanors can result in similar sentencing and fines of $625 to $6,250 for each conviction.