Riverton woman charged with stealing $2,500 in cash from CWC

(Riverton, Wyo.) – A 57-year-old Riverton woman has been charged with allegedly taking $2,500 from Central Wyoming College due to gambling problems.

Debra Jean Lucas was charged with Larceny by Bailee in Riverton Circuit Court on Feb. 21. She was bound over to the Ninth District Court on the single charge on April 30. Larceny by Bailee is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or $10,000 in fines.

According to an affidavit filed in the case, Riverton Police Detective Michael Phillips met with CWC officials on Jan. 23 regarding embezzlement by an employee.

“On January 29, 2013, Det. Phillips met with Debra Lucas in reference to the termination of her employment from CWC,” the affidavit states. “Det. Phillips asked Debra Lucas if she could explain what happened and Debra Lucas stated ‘I made a bad choice. I made a terrific, horrific bad choice back in the middle of December. And I was in charge of the safe, the petty cash fund. I borrowed some money out of it.’ Debra Lucas stated that she had a gambling addiction and was trying to stop.”

The affidavit continues to state that Lucas allegedly spent her paycheck at a casino and took the money from CWC to get her through the month.

“Debra Lucas stated that she had intended to return the money before anyone noticed, but she was gone from work on January 7, 2013, when her supervisor discovered the discrepancy in the vault,” the affidavit states. “Debra Lucas informed Det. Phillips that she returned the $2,500 to CWC on January 8, 2013.”

Lucas’s arraignment is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on June 6. Her bond is set at $2,500 unsecured.