Station director accuses worker of lottery fraud
AIKEN, SC - A gas station operator has accused one of his employees of lottery fraud by reportedly defrauding customers out of their lottery winnings, according to the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office.
The alleged incident happened last week at a gas station on Old 96 Indian Trial in Batesburg. The director of operations told deputies the female employee was “defrauding and deceiving” customers out of their lottery winnings and tampering with the lottery machine.
The machine is connected to the cash register that prompts an icon screen indicating a lottery payout, according to the report. The director said he had video footage of the employee committing the act and gave officers a copy of the ticket validation sheet detailing what the employee allegedly did with the lottery machine and cash register.
The payout sheet apparently indicated a payout of $567, but the cash register indicated a payout of $467 to “an unknown winner who couldn’t be identified and later came back into the store” to question why he received $467 instead of $567, according to the report. The director believes the employee pocketed the $100.
An officer read the suspect her Miranda warning and took a statement from her. The director of operations is seeking prosecution against the suspect.
The director of operations was not able to produce the video footage but said he would have a copy the next business day that “clearly shows” the suspect tampering with the lottery machine and deceiving a customer of their winnings, according to the report.
As of Monday afternoon, no arrests had been made.
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