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Release order filed for woman charged with state lottery fraud

Shonderia Camisha-Nichole Monroe, 25, made her first appearance in Douglas County District Court on the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 2.

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ALEXANDRIA — A release order has been filed in the case of a woman charged with felony state lottery fraud.

Shonderia Camisha-Nichole Monroe, 25, made her first appearance in Douglas County District Court on the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 2.

A warrant had previously been issued for Monroe's arrest after she missed an earlier hearing last month.

According to the release order, Monroe must post an unconditional cash bail or surety bond in the amount of $5,000 and sign a written promise to appear for all future court hearings.

Monroe must also remain law-abiding, report any change of address to the Douglas County court administrator immediately and keep in contact with her attorney, the order read.

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According to the statement of probable cause, Monroe was an employee of the Holiday Gas Station on Nokomis Street in Alexandria when she allegedly stole or fraudulently received a number of items, including $202.79 in store merchandise, $263.40 in cigarettes and $578 in Minnesota lottery tickets.

The items were taken between Jan. 9 and Jan. 18, the statement read.

Monroe is alleged to have been ringing up lottery tickets without paying for them and then redeeming them herself a short time later, using the winnings to purchase more lottery tickets or pocketing the money, the statement read.

She also rang up food and tobacco items and then deleted the transactions so that she did not have to pay for them, the statement read.

The maximum sentence for felony state lottery fraud is 10 years imprisonment and/or a $50,000 fine.

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