Lottery Scheme Has No Winners

Another defendant in a lottery scheme has entered a plea.

The Cassgram reports 28-year-old Elizabeth L. Vandermolen pleaded guilty to a Class I Misdemeanor count of theft. She was originally charged with a felony. Part of a plea agreement to reduce the charge is that she makes restitution.

Her conviction and recommended sentence are the same as that of 26-year-old Antonio K. Fujikawa of Plattsmouth who was sentenced to probation and paid $2500 in restitution to Lucky’s convenience store in Plattsmouth.

The victims were Lucky’s and the Nebraska Lottery, said Chief Deputy Cass County Attorney Colin Palm. The scheme involving scratch off tickets evolved over several months in 2008 and 2009. Tickets were stolen from the store and winning tickets cashed, said Palm. Vandermolen and Fujikawa were employed at the store. Plattsmouth Police investigated.

Palm said Vandermolen was to have paid half of the $2500 restitution by the plea agreement hearing earlier this week. However, she did not do so. Palm said a further agreement was then made that if Vandermolen, who now resides in South Dakota, has not paid $1250 by her sentencing date of January 30th, the misdemeanor conviction will be withdrawn and she will plead guilty to the felony count.


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