Alta Woman Receives Suspended Prison Sentence for Stealing Lottery Tickets

An Alta woman who was charged with stealing thousands of dollars worth of lottery tickets received a suspended prison sentence this week in Buena Vista County District Court.

47-year-old Diana Stough previously pleaded guilty to 1st Degree Fraudulent Practice, a class C felony. The Defense counsel argued for a deferred judgment, but she was convicted by the court. Stough was given a suspended ten year prison sentence, and will be placed on probation with the Iowa Department of Corrections for the next three years.

Stough allegedly committed fraudulent practices by altering sales using line voids and error corrects for products that were purchased at the Alta Country Store, where Stough worked as a clerk. The crimes were reportedly committed between June and November of 2021.

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