A Dover Township woman is accused of stealing nearly $50,000 from a convenience store where she formerly worked.
Police allege that Nicole M. Alfano, 31, of 2067 Palomino Drive, devised a scheme in which she under-reported the number of Pennsylvania Lottery tickets that Tom's Exxon, 1 S. Main St. in Dover, received for its lottery vending machine, allowing her to keep some of the money from lottery sales.
She is charged with two counts each of theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property, according to Northern York County Regional Police.
Court records state she is free on unsecured bail.
Alfano's defense attorney, Pete Vaughan, said his client waived the charges to the York County Court of Common Pleas earlier this month.
Former employee: Bob Astor, spokesman for Shipley Energy, which operates the store, said Alfano no longer works at the store. She was store manager from 2007 until January, police said.
During part of that time, police say Alfano stole a combined $48,852 on 11 separate occasions between July 1, 2013, and Jan. 24.
Part of the thefts came from a lottery sales scheme. The store receives a set number of lottery tickets, which are then sold through its vending machine. Alfano allegedly under-reported the number of tickets the store received, police said.
For example, on July 16, 2012, the store received lottery tickets with a face value of $9,300. However, Alfano reported that the store received $3,600 worth of tickets, allowing her to keep $5,700 once they were sold, police said.
Alfano also didn't deposit $7,452 from the store in a bank account, keeping the money for herself, police said.
Police were tipped off after a routine audit of store finances uncovered inconsistences.
Audit: The audit showed $41,400 had gone missing from lottery sales between July 2013 and the end of January, police said.
Police were contacted and launched an investigation.
"Through further investigation, we realized that there was a substantial amount of money that she had (allegedly) fudged the books on," Astor said.
The York-based Shipley is conducting further audits on the store's finances, police say.
Vaughan said Alfano maintains her innocence, but he added that he's expecting the "case to be resolved by a non-trial" action, such as a plea agreement. She has been cooperating with police in their investigation, Vaughan said.
Alfano's next day in court will be for a formal arraignment before Judge Gregory M. Snyder at 9 a.m. Friday, June 13, according to court documents.