- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 7, 2015

HARDWICK, Vt. (AP) - A convenience store clerk has pleaded not guilty to altering bottle return receipts and using the extra cash to play the Vermont Lottery.

The Caledonian Record reports (https://bit.ly/1Fxgnbw) the store owner of the M&M; Beverage in Hardwick called police in November, saying he caught 26-year-old Carol Fradette changing the numbers of bottle return slips received from customers to cover extra cash taken from the register and used to buy lottery tickets.

The owner, Gilles Moreau, told police he and the store manager confronted Fradette with a falsified bottle slip and surveillance video of her playing the lottery while working at the store.

He said a report compiled by Vermont Lottery Director of Security Michael Ferrant indicated that Fradette played the Fast Play game, and had won $13,000 since 2010.

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Information from: The Caledonian-Record, https://www.caledonianrecord.com

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