Woman steals bingo money from pensioners

A Tennessee woman has been convicted of the callous crime of stealing $280,000 from a pensioner’s bingo hall in Western Kentucky where she was an employee.

Paula Marie Terrones, 31, pleaded guilty to three counts of forgery and two counts of theft as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Terrones was sentenced to five years in prison on each count but will avoid going to prison if she repays the whole sum she stole from the Guthrie Senior Citizens Centers bingo establishment.

Terrones was a bookkeeper for the bingo hall before she quit her post in September 2005. She began altering cheques by substituting her name for the rightful winners in July 2003. In that time, Terrones’ greed got the better of her and she went on to alter a total of 131 cheques.

However, the bingo hall began to notice the discrepancy in their books and ordered an audit and Terrones’ swindle was discovered.

Editor, Jackpot.co.uk - 2007-03-08 10:28:37

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