December 7, 2016
A 25-year-old Audubon woman stole more than 300 scratch-off lottery tickets in two weeks from a local grocery store and redeemed the winners for a total of about $2,000, according to criminal complaints against her.
Cassandra Preston Burcham-Hoaglund faces 93 felony charges for the alleged thefts from Food Land Audubon, where she worked as a cashier.
The lottery tickets were found missing Nov. 2. Investigators determined that several stolen tickets that were winners were cashed at Casey’s General Store and Yesway in Audubon, court records show. Surveillance-video recordings from both stores show Burcham-Hoaglund cashing the tickets.
She was arrested Tuesday and is held in jail on $25,000 bail.
Burcham-Hoaglund faces 91 charges for lottery ticket theft, each of which is punishable by up to five years in prison. She faces an additional charge of felony theft — also punishable by up to five years — and one for ongoing criminal conduct, which is punishable by up to 25.
Burcham-Hoaglund was also accused of theft in 2014 for depositing a fraudulent bank check of nearly $6,000 in a Denison automated-teller machine and using the money to pay two loans and withdraw $4,300 in cash in Ida Grove.
She was granted a deferred judgment and given three years of probation, with her word that she would not violate the terms of her probation.
A judge could revoke that deferred judgment in light of her recent theft arrest, and she would face up to 10 years in prison.