CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT)- A Chesterfield couple is accused of stealing money from the Virginia Lottery. Ron and Beverly Hess face one count each of felony embezzlement of lottery funds.
According to lottery officials, the Hess' were selling lottery tickets at their Chesterfield convenience store, AJ's Market. Allegedly, they did not turn over a portion of the profit like they are required to by law.
"We're alleging that money from the sale of lottery tickets was not turned over to the Virginia Lottery as it should have been," said John Hagerty, the Virginia Lottery Spokesman.
The profits are supposed to be split between the lottery, the retailer and a portion of the profits go toward funding Virginia's public schools.
"Any accusations involving lottery tickets is taken very seriously because we raise money for K-12 public schools and we take that very seriously," said Hagerty.