A woman accused of stealing $15,000 in lottery tickets and keeping winnings for herself recently had her case dismissed in Sauk County Circuit Court.
Jasmine R. Cook, 24, of Baraboo, faced up to 10 years in prison and $25,000 in fines for the felony charge of theft greater than $10,000.
According to the criminal complaint, a Lake Delton-based travel mart director of operations found the discrepancy in ticket sales in late January 2018 and called the police. A bookkeeper for the business had found the ticket sale logs to be off and an employee at the business told authorities that Cook, 22 at the time, was the cause.
The total amounts to alleged ticket sales in December 2017 and January 2018. The employee said Cook worked the shift immediately before hers and that she started noticing discrepancies after Cook was hired, but assumed the issues were due to sloppy record-keeping.
According to the complaint, an officer who reviewed surveillance footage found it reportedly shows Cook “right at the register,” scratching off tickets, checking to see which ones are winners. Cook would then discard the ones that weren’t.
“On several occasions Jasmine could be seen scanning the ticket and then removing money from the cash register to obtain the winning monies (from) the ticket,” the complaint states.
Cook allegedly denied stealing the tickets, but stopped showing up for work after she was confronted about it.
A jury trial for the case had been scheduled for April 28. In an order for dismissal from the Sauk County District Attorney’s Office on March 12, prosecutors called for the charge to be dropped because “the state is unable to prove” the case “beyond a reasonable doubt at this time.”
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