Archive

ShareThis Page
Ex-Monongahela grocery worker accused of $84,000 in thefts | TribLIVE.com
News

Ex-Monongahela grocery worker accused of $84,000 in thefts

Monongahela police have charged a woman with stealing $84,000 worth of lottery tickets and gift certificates over a two-year period from the Foodland store.

Police Chief Brian Tempest said Theresa Lee Hughes, 55, of 9412 Berkley Lane, Frederick, Md., was charged Tuesday with dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities, theft by unlawful taking and two counts of theft by deception.

Tempest said Hughes submitted winning instant lottery tickets and collected the prizes.

“She would try to cover the cost of losing tickets with gift certificates from the store,” Tempest said. “The store would then lose out on the gift certificates and the tickets.”

Tempest said Hughes, who worked in the office of the West Main Street supermarket, was fired after the thefts were uncovered several months ago. She then moved to Maryland.

 

“We got a call from the store’s general manager on Jan. 21, 2010, about the thefts,” Tempest said. “(Hughes) lived in the city while working at Foodland.”

He said Hughes was not charged at the time because of the scope of the investigation.

“The number of thefts of tickets was so incredible and the scope so large that we needed to get the assistance of the (Washington County) District Attorney’s Office to send someone down to help us tabulate,” said Tempest, who called the investigation “long and tedious.”‘

Tempest said Hughes is aware that charges have been filed. If she does not return to the county, a warrant for her arrest will be issued.

“If she does not come back willingly, we will extradite her,” Tempest said.


TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.