A woman who attempted to commit fraud with a stolen lottery ticket has been remanded this week. A Christchurch judge has requested that she return to court on April 27th, but in the meantime, she is out on bail.
The culprit is Ivy Marie Rolleston of Hoon Hay. She was formerly a lottery operator at a local BP, where she sold lottery tickets and cashed out small prizes. After years of taking on the position, it seems as though she gained enough confidence to believe that she would be able to pull off lottery fraud scheme.
She had attempted to have a third party cash out a lottery ticket that she – herself – had not purchased. Unfortunately for her, the plan did not go as planned, and she was caught by local authorities.
Rolleston is facing charges of attempting to dishonestly use a document in addition for four other accounts of theft. While this situation has not been seen very often across New Zealand, it has happened quite a few times around the world. Lotteries in Canada, Europe and the United States have enacted strict rules and regulations to ensure that lottery retailers cannot commit fraud – and it seems as though New Zealand may have to do the same.