Alaska Pull-Tab Scam Hurts Native Americans
By Earl
A woman in Stebbins, Alaska, nearly got to keep up to $15,000 she hadn’t really won from vendors of pull-tab gaming tickets. Police say Carolyn Kirk, 39, for five months beginning in November of last year fixed the tabs on “Pull-Tab” tickets to make old winners look like current winners. Sales of Pull-tabs are a major source of revenue for the corporations of the Native Americans in the villages of Stebbins and St. Michael in Norton Sound.

State Trooper Chad Goeden said Kirk “... pilfered winning pull tabs that were bundled together ... She then split the tabs and glued winning icons onto losers, making the winning ones look like they hadn't been signed. But when some of the fake tabs fell apart, game administrators became suspicious and started examining all her winners. When they looked closer, the tabs didn't appear so real after all. They were too thick, and you could tell where she was gluing them together,” Trooper Goeden said.

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