Hillsdale clerk charged with lottery tampering

Authorities last Thursday night (March 19) arrested Shamaila Tanweer, 30, of Culpeper, described as a member of the family that operates the Hillsdale Country Store on U.S. 211 near Washington.

Arrested by Culpeper Police, Tanweer, frequently seen behind the counter at the Hillsdale store, was charged with 13 felony counts of tampering with the store’s Virginia Lottery scratch-off tickets yesterday by Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office investigator Shawn Walters, according to Sheriff Connie C. Smith.

Lottery equipment and signs have since been removed from the premises by Virginia Lottery officials, who are investigating along with RCSO. Police said the alleged tampering was reported by a customer who had bought a ticket at the store last Thursday.

Tanweer is scheduled for arraignment April 7 in Rappahannock County General District Court. She was released on a $5,000 bond after her arrest last week by a magistrate in Culpeper County.

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  1. Glad to see Sheriff’s Office taking care of this. Lotto Police obviously ignoring complaints sent to them.

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