Local Man Charged In $100,000 Lottery Fraud Scheme

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email
A local man has been charged in an alleged scheme to print more than $100,000 in stolen Texas lottery tickets and cash in the winners.

Charles Jones (Jail photo)

WOODWAY (August 1, 2013)—A former H-E-B employee was held Thursday in the McLennan County Jail charged with fraudulently printing Texas lottery tickets and cashing in the winners.

Charles Alan Jones, 35, of Waco, was ordered held on bonds totaling $20,000 charged with fraudulent claim of a lottery prize and theft more than $100,000 but less than $200,000.

Woodway police Chief Yost Zakhary said officers began investigating the incidents after authorities at the Texas Lottery Commission began questioning lottery ticket purchases at the H-E-B., on Hewitt Drive, where Jones worked.

The investigation revealed the theft of more than $139,000 in lottery tickets from the store and the fraudulent claim of more than $30,000 in winnings, Zakhary said.

Zakhary said receipts for the tickets did not match the number of tickets printed.

“There may be more charges coming,” Zakhary said, depending upon the final results of the investigation.

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