Apple Valley woman accused of lottery fraud

An Apple Valley woman is facing a felony charge after she allegedly stole more than $10,000 worth of lottery tickets from her place of employment.

Scarlet E. Lund, 44, was charged with state lottery fraud Sept. 11 following a police investigation into theft of lottery tickets at Apple Valley’s Cedar Brook Market, 12503 Germane Ave., between January and April of this year.

According to the criminal complaint, Lund allegedly stole the lottery tickets during her work shifts at the market, then cashed the winning tickets at stores in Apple Valley and Eagan.

The State Lottery Office reported that the stolen tickets were cashed at four locations in Dakota County – at Cedar Brook Market, the Apple Valley American Legion, PDQ in Apple Valley, and Kwik Trip in Eagan.

Surveillance video from the American Legion and Kwik Trip shows a woman – later confirmed to be Lund – redeeming lottery tickets worth $30 and $100. PDQ surveillance video shows an unknown male redeeming one of the stolen tickets.

Police spoke with Lund, who stated she had a gambling problem and that she was the only person involved in the lottery ticket thefts, the complaint said. The investigator showed Lund pictures from the PDQ surveillance video and Lund asserted she was unfamiliar with the man seen redeeming the stolen ticket.

If convicted, Lund faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $50,000.