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Alaska Woman Doctors Pull Tabs

12 June 2002

ALASKA – As reported by the Anchorage Daily News: "A Stebbins woman stole thousands of dollars from pull-tab operations in the Norton Sound villages of Stebbins and St. Michael, according to state troopers.

"The woman, Carolyn Kirk, allegedly stole up to $15,000 between November 2001 and April 2002 by doctoring pull tabs to make old winners look like new.

"…Pull tabs, a gambling game in which people match icons to posted winning combinations, are a major source of revenue, along with bingo, for Native corporations, said trooper Chad Goeden.

"Kirk, 39, pilfered winning pull tabs that were bundled together, troopers said. She then split the tabs and glued winning icons onto losers, making the winning ones look like they hadn't been signed, Goeden said.

"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,' Goeden said…"

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