What is the penalty for stealing lottery tickets? 6 Answers as of March 19, 2013

A friend of mine worked at a convenience store from Nov '12 to March '13. From Jan '13 to March '13 they were playing the lottery at work, even though it was not allowed. From time to time, they would not pay for some of the tickets, and as their habit progressed they ended up taking nearly $2-$3 Thousand dollars worth of tickets - with earnings amounting to no more than $1000. Their employers have taken notice and confronted them, offering to set up a payment plan without the police and law getting involved. If the law and lottery commission do get involved, what are the penalties for such a crime? What is the expected amount to have to pay (for a fine) and will jail time be necessary?

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Lawrence Lewis
Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
Jail time will be necessary.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 3/19/2013
Michael Breczinski
Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
It would a felony with possible prison.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 3/18/2013
William L. Welch, III Attorney | William L. Welch, III
In Maryland the penalty depends on the value of the items taken. An attorney can assist you with evaluating the prosecution's case, any defenses that you might have, and any plea offer that might be made, so that you can decide whether to plea bargain or go to trial. If you were to be found guilty, then an attorney can assist you with presenting mitigation, allocution, and a recommendation for a more lenient sentence. and a recommendation for a more lenient sentence. Consider seeking a confidential consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney. Beware that online posts are not confidential. If somehow the prosecution were to find your post, then it might be used in evidence against you.
Answer Applies to: Maryland
Replied: 3/17/2013
The Law Offices of John J. Carney Esq.
The Law Offices of John J. Carney Esq. | John J. Carney
That could be Grand Larceny which is a felony. They would get a misdemeanor that carries up to a year in jail. They would get 3 years probation and pat the restitution. They are not good decision makers and should take the seal with their boss but he might just get their confession and have the arrested anyway.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 3/17/2013
Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC
Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC | John F Brennan
It sounds like a potential grand theft charge we couldn't loan some very heavy jail time. I would certainly recommend a peaceful and agreed to restitution it all possible.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 3/15/2013
    Patrick Earl Attorney
    Patrick Earl Attorney | Patrick Owen Earl
    Speaking for WA state, it depends on the charge. If the person is charged with theft first with no prior felonies, the range of time is 0 - 90 days in jail. You need an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 3/15/2013
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