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Waco: Former H-E-B Employee Indicted In $100,000 Lottery Scheme

A former Waco-area H-E-B employee was indicted Wednesday in connection with a $100,000 lottery scheme.

Charles Jones (Jail photo)

WACO (February 19, 2014) Former H-E-B employee Charles Alan Jones of Waco, was indicted Wednesday for claiming a lottery prize by fraud over $10,000 and theft of $100,000 or more, but less than $200,000 in an alleged scheme to print Texas lottery tickets fraudulently and cash in on the winners.

Jones was arrested in August 2013 following an investigation by Woodway police that started after the Texas Lottery Commission questioned 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, police said.

The receipts for the tickets did not match the number of tickets printed, police said.

The McLennan County Grand Jury Wednesday also returned an indictment against Regina Antoinette Edwards, who was arrested in September 2013 and charged with improper sexual activity with a person in custody.

She worked as a correctional officer McLennan County’s Jack Harwell Detention Center.

The complaint against Edwards said investigators were able to trace phone calls between her and an inmate during which sexual acts were discussed.

As part of the investigation officers interviewed the inmate who told them he had had sexual contact with a female guard four times.

The incidents, the complaint said, happened over a period of time between 2011 and 2013.

Grand jurors also returned indictments charging aggravated sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child by contact (enhanced) against Eric James Norwood of Bellmead.

He was arrested in December following an investigation that started after a 5-year-old Bellmead girl made an outcry about a sexual assault that happened in January 2013 at a Bellmead residence.


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