C-Store Manager Accused of $250K Scratch-Off Theft

A store manager at a gas station in unincorporated Boca Raton, Florida, is accused of stealing more than $250,000 worth of lottery scratch-off tickets. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office arrested 41-year-old Buvard Cherubin on charges of grand theft of more than $100,000 and organized scheme to defraud. The investigation began last June when Florida Lottery loss prevention representatives noticed a huge discrepancy in lottery sales records at the store.

Authorities said Cherubin is caught on camera activating stacks of lottery books but keeping one on the side. Investigators said he’d place the extra book in a deposit bag to carry out of the store at a later time. According to the arrest report, he did this on ten occasions over a two-and-a-half year period at a loss to the store of more than $250,000.

Cherubin, according to the report, admitted to stealing 8-15 books, with each book containing 30 tickets. The sheriff’s office said the loss to the store in 2018 alone was over $79,000. According to the store owner, Cherubin was involved in stealing nearly $3,000 from an ATM inside the store. The police report indicated the matter was handled internally and Cherubin was not charged.   [Source: CBS12 News]

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