Poland man charged in lottery theft jailed


By Peter H. Milliken

milliken@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

A judge has ordered a Poland man, who is accused of stealing more than $100,000 worth of lottery tickets, to immediately serve three days in the Mahoning County jail and then re-enter a court-ordered outpatient treatment program.

Judge John M. Durkin of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court issued the order Thursday in the case of David R. Dragelevich, 40, of Nesbitt Street, who was charged with theft in office while working as a regional sales representative in the Ohio Lottery Commission’s North Canton office.

The purported offenses occurred between Sept. 9, 2012, and Sept. 24, 2013.

“There are indications that the defendant is demonstrating poor attendance, unsatisfactory progress and poor motivation” in an outpatient treatment program the judge ordered him to attend, according to a bond revocation request from Kevin J. Trapp, assistant county prosecutor.

“Most distressing to the state, there are indications that the defendant is demonstrating continued substance abuse,” Trapp wrote in his April 23 motion that Dragelevich’s bond be revoked and that he be jailed pending resolution of the case.

In a motion for intervention in lieu of conviction, Dragelevich’s lawyer, Charles E. Dunlap, said Dragelevich’s “use of oxycodone was the primary factor leading to the criminal activity.”

Dragelevich, who has no prior criminal record, is willing to make restitution, Dunlap added.

The Ohio Inspector General issued a report this month, which concluded Dragelevich stole the lottery tickets by manipulating computer systems at Akron and Youngstown-area retail locations.

During an Ohio State Highway Patrol interview, Dragelevich admitted cashing stolen lottery tickets, said Carl Enslen, deputy inspector general.

Dunlap said he and his client are waiting for information from the lottery commission before deciding how to resolve this case.

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