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WOMAN ARRESTED FOR DEFRAUDING SOUTH CAROLINA EDUCATION LOTTERY
Friday, August 3, 2012

 
LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - Lexington County Sheriff’s Department detectives charged a 25-year-old Lexington woman on Wednesday, August 1 with defrauding the South Carolina Education Lottery by cashing in more than 200 stolen South Carolina Education Lottery tickets, which were worth a total of more than $2,000. The woman stole the lottery tickets while she was employed as a clerk at a convenience store on Two Notch Road near Lexington.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said Jessica Leigh Shealy Peralta, 25, of 3233 Emanuel Church Road, Lexington, turned herself in at 8:45 a.m. on Wednesday at the Lexington County James R. Metts Law Enforcement Complex, 521 Gibson Road, Lexington, on arrest warrants on eight counts of defrauding the South Carolina Education Lottery. Peralta was being held on Wednesday at the Lexington County Detention Center while awaiting a bond hearing.

Peralta is scheduled to appear in court at 3 p.m. on Wednesday for a bond hearing, Metts said. The hearing will be conducted at a courtroom that is adjacent to the front entrance of the county Detention Center at the Law Enforcement Complex on Gibson Road.

Arrest warrants allege that between 5:57 p.m. and 9:22 p.m. on July 16 Peralta defrauded the South Carolina Education Lottery by cashing in 226 South Carolina Education Lottery tickets, which were worth a total of $2,260, that Peralta stole while she was employed as a clerk at the C-Mart convenience store at 658 Two Notch Road, Metts said. Peralta cashed in the tickets herself while operating a cash register at the convenience store.

The owner of the convenience store reported the incident to the Sheriff’s Department and South Carolina Education Lottery, and the owner cooperated fully with detectives, Metts said.

Under South Carolina law, defrauding the South Carolina Education Lottery is a felony, which carries a maximum punishment of five years in prison and a $50,000 fine, Metts said.

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