Amy Pokorny

Amy Pokorny

A Blair woman who admitted to stealing and cashing lottery tickets from a gas station where she was an employee accepted a plea agreement Tuesday in Washington County District Court.

Amy M. Pokorny, 36, pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking, more than $5,000, a Class 2A felony. She could face up to 20 years and prison and be ordered to pay restitution. However, as part of the plea agreement, the state said it would not object to probation.

Judge John E. Samson ordered a presentence investigation. Sentencing is set for April 9.

Pokorny was arrested after an investigation by Deputy State Sheriff David Schmehl of the Nebraska Department of Revenue.

According to an arrest affidavit, Nebraska instant lottery tickets were reported missing Sept. 12 from inventory at a gas station in the 400 block of South 19th Street.

Surveillance video showed Pokorny taking full packs of tickets and claiming them without paying.

In an interview with the investigator, Pokorny admitted to taking the lottery tickets and claiming the winnings without paying.

Schmehl found 36 packs of lottery tickets, worth $10,800, missing. He also found that at least $1,794 in illegally claimed prizes were collected by Pokorny at various lottery retailers around Blair.

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