LITCHFIELD - If a Litchfield man successfully completes five years of probation, he will be able to avoid a stay in prison.
Matthew David Marshall II, 35, was sentenced in Meeker County District Court this week on a felony charge of state lottery fraud. Two lottery fraud charges and a felony theft charge were dismissed in a plea agreement. He was also sentenced on a separate gross misdemeanor theft charge.
Marshall was sentenced to 17 months in prison, stayed for five years on probation. He was given credit for 92 days already served in jail.
The conditions of his probation include no use of drugs or alcohol, completing a chemical assessment, no possession of firearms and writing a letter of apology.
Marshall was ordered to pay $4,807 for the theft conviction and $1,185 in the lottery fraud case.
According to court records, the charges came after routine lottery audits alerted businesses where Marshall worked to losses. Both incidents took place in July 2018.
Marshall was seen on surveillance video loading $2,735 into an e-tab machine without paying for it at a business where he was working. He told a female friend he wasn't supposed to play while working and had her cash out $2,257 in winnings.
In the lottery fraud case, Marshall was charged with taking 43 lottery tickets from another Cosmos business where he worked. The loss to the business was $1,185. In that case, too, he was seen taking the tickets on surveillance video.