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Clerk steals over $32,000 in lottery tickets from employer

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

Sheila Ann Hunt, 52, was arrested yesterday for allegedly stealing at least $32,000 in lottery tickets from her employer, the CITGO on County Road 236 in High Springs.

According to the arrest report, the store owners discovered discrepancies between their monthly lottery ticket print-outs and the store’s cash register records. They cross-referenced records and found that every time a ticket was fraudulently issued, Hunt was working. They then viewed surveillance video and reportedly saw Hunt filling out lottery “play cards,” scanning them into the lottery computer terminal, and then printing the tickets. But instead of transmitting the submission to the sales register, she allegedly cleared the lottery terminal and pocketed the tickets. The tickets were still sent to the lottery commission and paid for by the store owners.

An investigating deputy reported that he watched a specific instance of this on the surveillance footage, dated February 25, 2022. Post Miranda, Hunt reportedly admitted that she had been stealing lottery tickets once or twice a day since at least July of 2021; she reportedly said that she has won about $40 to $100 each week from the lottery tickets.

Hunt has been charged with scheming to defraud and grand theft of over $20,000. She has been released on her own recognizance.

Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

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