Warsaw couple accused of stealing, cashing in Hoosier Lottery tickets in Allen County

Paul Adams, along with his wife, Rachael, is accused of stealing Hoosier Lottery tickets and redeeming winning ones. (Photo courtesy of the Indiana State Police
Rachael Adams, along with her husband, Paul,, is accused of stealing Hoosier Lottery tickets and redeeming winning ones. (Photo courtesy of the Indiana State Police

A married couple from Warsaw is accused of stealing lottery tickets and cashing in winning ones in Allen County, according to the Indiana State Police.

Paul Adams, 41, and Rachael Adams, 39, each faces one count of corrupt business influence, a Level 5 felony, in Allen County Superior Court, according to the Indiana State Police.

The duo are accused of entering multiple gas stations and convenience stores in Allen and surrounding counties between January and February and using various distractions to steal Hoosier Lottery scratch-off tickets, according to the investigation completed by detective Clint Hetrick. They then allegedly would cash in any winning tickets at different location and steal more tickets.

Hoosier Lottery security investigators Matt Lewis and Douglas Theobald began to investigate the matter internally and brought the case to Hetrick. As many as 10 law enforcement agencies in north and northeast Indiana took reports on the Adams’ alleged criminal acts, according to an ISP news release.

On Oct. 27, charges were brought against the couple in Allen County. They are currently incarcerated in the Kosciusko County Jail on unrelated charges and are being held on a retainer for the Allen County Jail.

Sarah M. Taylor, executive director of the Hoosier Lottery, said in the release, “We are committed to maintaining the integrity and security of the Hoosier Lottery and supporting the 4,500 Hoosier retailers who sell our Lottery products.”

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