Man blames theft on lottery ticket addiction

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A man who pleaded guilty to stealing $3,000 from a group that promotes education claims his addiction to scratch-off lottery tickets led him to steal the money.

Fifty-nine-year-old James P. Whalen of Muncie says he stole the money to support a habit of spending up to $50 every day on scratch-off tickets.

Whalen was sentenced to six months last week in the Delaware County jail after pleading guilty to forgery, a felony that carries a standard four-year prison term.

Under his plea agreement, three other forgery charges and a theft count were dismissed.

Whalen was accused of writing checks totaling $3,159 on the account of the local branch of the Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children.

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