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WOLCOTT, Conn. (AP) — Police say a former gas station worker in Connecticut stole more than $25,000 in scratch-off lottery ticket revenue from the business.

The Republican-American reports that 55-year-old Juliana Perillo was charged with larceny Monday in connection to lottery revenue that went missing from Petro Pat’s in Wolcott.

Police say Perillo faked numbers on a store log sheet to make it seem like customers had returned their lottery tickets for a refund. She then used the money from the nonexistent refunds to buy more tickets.

Police say Perillo stole more than $4,400 worth of tickets in one month alone. Authorities say her scheme lasted 10 months.

Perillo has been fired.

Perillo denies the thefts and says that due to medical issues, she may have hit the wrong buttons on the register.


Information from: Republican-American,