Ludlow woman charged with embezzling lottery tickets from gas station job
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION - A former gas station clerk has been charged with allegedly helping herself to up to $10,000 worth of scratch-off lottery tickets before she was fired from her job at the Ludlow Sunoco station earlier this year.
Bambi Brunelle, 61, of Ludlow pleaded innocent to a single felony count of embezzlement, a charge which carries a potential maximum sentence of up to 10 years in prison if she were to be convicted.
Ludlow Police Sgt. Richard King wrote in an affidavit filed with the court that Sufian Pervez, the owner of the Ludlow Sunoco, contacted his department in May after an internal audit showed at least $7,000 worth of lottery tickets were missing from the store’s inventory.
Pervez told police he’d “reviewed video from his security cameras and observed Bambi Brunelle taking a large quantity of lottery tickets, not paying for them and then scanning them. If they were losers she would throw them away, if they were winners she would print out the winning stub and pocket the tickets. She would then cash in these winning tickets at other establishments in town,” Sgt. King wrote.
King said that when he interviewed Brunelle she claimed that she had paid for all the tickets she’d removed, saying “you didn’t watch the video long enough” to see when she had supposedly paid for them later.
Brunelle also claimed that she had been saving money to go to Florida and said that the owner’s allegations were an attempt to extort money from her savings, according to the affidavit.
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