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.
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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, http://www.rep-am.com