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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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  • This is why Publix and Golden Corral won’t open in certain election districts here.

    • Not quite following your point. Decades ago Publix decided to go for an upper tier market segment, i.e. one with money. With that in mind, there are a number of areas in Gainesville you won’t see a Publix–simply no money there. Back before they crashed & burned, Winn-Dixie might have opened a store in these areas but, that’s one of the reasons they eventually crashed & burned. For as long as the thefts went on it sounds like a problem with the merchant’s internal controls, much like the City of Gainesville–can you say “Brazilian Butt-lifts”. As for Golden Corral, wasn’t aware they sold lottery tickets.

  • The clerk stealing lottery tickets reminds me of a cousin who was a teacher in another county who stole funds from a high school.LOL

  • ROR on a scheme to defraud? Here’s the new normal for this circuit by the incompetent Brian Kramer. Blacks rule, I guess? You try this and see what your bond is being privileged!!!!!!!!!!! GFY! Get rid of Kramer, he sucks!

  • Two 2nd degree felonies with at least $30,000 loss to the victim and she got ROR 😂😂😂. Only in this district

  • She can always get a job with the city of GNV since
    They don’t want to do background checks…remember,
    2 words; Brazilian buttlift.

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