New York State Police arrested Richard M. Nogid, 46, of Port Jefferson Station, on Dec. 5 and charged him with Grand Larceny, a felony.
Nogid, a general manager at a Rite Aid Store located in Shirley, allegedly took scratch off tickets out of a New York State Lottery vending machine in his store and claimed winning tickets. An investigation was started by the Rite Aid Corporation in April of this year after an internal audit discovered the theft. Assisted by Lottery officials and police, investigators said that Nogid is alleged to have been stealing tickets at least from late April until August 2012.
The two largest winning tickets totaled $2,500 but police said there were other smaller winning tickets of an indeterminate amount cashed in by Nogid.
According to court records, Nogrid posted bail of $2,500 and is due back in court on Feb. 4.