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Prosecutor: Poland lottery employee took $50-$60,000

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - An Ohio Lottery employee from Poland accused of stealing lottery tickets will now face criminal prosecution instead of undergoing treatment for substance abuse.

David Dragelevich was charged with theft in office back in December for allegedly stealing between $1,000 and $7,500 dollars worth of instant lottery tickets.

However the Mahoning County Grand Jury handed up a new indictment, charging Dragelevich with a more serious theft in office offense.

Assistant County Prosecutor Kevin Trapp tells 21 News that further investigation determined that Dragelevich took between $50,000 and $60,000 worth of tickets.

Prosecutors had been discussing the possibility of allowing Dragelevich to enter a program that treats chemically dependent offenders instead of sending him to jail.  

Trapp says the more serious charge disqualifies Dragelevich from taking part in the substance abuse alternative to punishment.

Dragelevich is expected to be arraigned on the charge later this month.

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