Ocean City Today

Woman charged with stealing lotto tickets worth $25K

By Katie Tabeling | Jul 06, 2017

(July 7, 2017) After an investigation that took place last winter and lasted until the spring, the Ocean City Police Department released details of a lottery ticket theft scheme that resulted in a convenience store losing tens of thousands of dollars.

In January, Saroj Pratap KC of Ocean Market on 141st Street reported that an employee had been stealing lottery tickets. The employee was identified as Yashodha Lama, 28, of Ocean City.

Ocean City police said that Lama allegedly printed “Racetrax” bets scratch-off tickets without paying for them from Dec. 22, 2016 to Jan. 23. Detectives estimated that she allegedly stole approximately $25,000 worth of tickets over the course of several weeks.

After an investigation by Major Crimes Unit detectives, an arrest warrant was issued for Lama on June 1. She was charged with running a theft scheme of $1,000 to under $10,000, a felony, and conspiring to commit a theft scheme for the same amount.

Both charges carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail or a $10,000 fine.

Lama’s trial is set for Aug. 8.

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