One British woman stole $40,000 in lottery tickets from her own employer in order to pay her mortgage.
Lisa Johnson was caught after she stole £26,000 (nearly $40,000 in USD) in lottery tickets from the shop she is working in just so she could pay off her house’s mortgage. Lisa, a 35 year old woman from Durham, UK, wanted to pay her debts, so she decided to steal from her employers – Christopher and Diane Young of Young’s Newsagents. The woman was one of the 10 staff members, who were frequently called out to staff meetings because of the way the Youngs’ business had started going down the drain all of a sudden. Lisa pretended she had no clue what has happened with her employers’ business and attended all meetings as usual.
For quite some time Lisa had been cashing in lottery tickets at a nearby Tesco’s without actually buying any. The woman was stealing the tickets from Young’s Newsagents and when the Tesco workers started getting suspicious and found where the woman was working at, they immediately checked the terminal numbers. It turned out that all of tickets, which the woman had been cashing in, were stolen from Young’s Newsagents.
Lisa appeared in the court room earlier this month and it became clear that she was the reason why her bosses’ business had been going down. Instead of placing her in jail, the judge ordered her to keep working at the store in order to pay back her bosses. She now has to return £300 each month for the upcoming six months otherwise she will go to jail. It’s not clear how she will have to pay the rest of those $40,000 or if she managed to pay off her entire mortgage.