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April 22, 2010

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April, 2010 | Consumer Protection

Lottery Investigators Arrest East Bay CVS Manager for Scratchers Theft


SACRAMENTO – The California Lottery today announced that its Security/Law Enforcement Division investigators have arrested an assistant manager at an East Bay CVS Pharmacy for stealing 268 packs of Scratchers tickets valued at $73,200.

This morning, Lottery investigators from the East Bay and San Francisco District Offices of the Lottery, working in coordination with the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office, served a search warrant and arrest warrant on the suspect, identified as Adam Elhallak. Elhallak had served as the assistant manager at the CVS Pharmacy located at 352 University Avenue in Palo Alto. Lottery investigators booked Elhallak at the county jail on charges of grand theft and embezzlement.

“While this crime involves only one employee at just one of our more than 22,000 authorized retailers, we demand that all our retailers be honest, treat our players fairly, and strictly adhere to our Retailer Code of Conduct,” California Lottery Director Joan Borucki said. “I am proud of the great work done by our investigators in this case to bring the suspect to justice.”

If convicted, Elhallak could face county jail time up to one year, a prison sentence plus a fine and restitution, or probation with a fine.

The California Lottery is a leader in consumer protection. It has one of the largest forces of sworn peace officers of any Lottery in the nation.

The California Lottery is celebrating 25 years of enhancing education and supporting local communities. More than 95 cents of every Lottery dollar is returned to the community in the form of contributions to education, prizes and retail commissions. The California Lottery contributes at least 34 cents of every dollar that players spend on Lottery products to public education and returns more than 50 percent of sales to players in the form of prizes. Since the Lottery’s inception in 1985, Lottery players have contributed more than $22 billion to California schools out of total sales of nearly $59 billion. Retailers benefit too, earning $3.8 billion in compensation since 1985.

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