Clever clerk busted in lottery scheme
SUNSET HILLS, MO (KTVI) – St Louis County Prosecutors have charged a woman with stealing from her employer. Court documents allege that a gas station attendant was running an elaborate hoax involving the Missouri Lottery.
Olivia Hoffschwelle, 20, of St. Louis worked at the U-Gas Convenience store in the 10,000 block of Watson Road. Police say that Hoffschwelle would scan customer’s lottery tickets to confirm that they are winners. She would then pay the customers from the store’s cash register.
Investigators say she would mark the tickets in the computer under “inquiry”, which meant lottery workers would not know the tickets had been redeemed. Hoffschwelle then took the winning tickets to another store and redeemed them herself and pocketed the winnings. Prosecutors charge that the woman paid more than $500 to customers at the U-Gas, then turned around and redeemed $425.00 in winnings for herself.
Olivia Hoffschwelle has been charged with felony stealing.