Couple Charged With Corrupt Business Influence

ALLEN COUNTY – A married couple with ties to Kosciusko County have each been criminally charged in Allen County with one count of Corrupt Business Influence, a Level 5 Felony, following an investigation by the Indiana State Police.

The investigation which was completed by Detective Clint Hetrick, revealed between January 2017 and February 2017, 41 year old Paul Adams and 39 year old Rachael Adams entered multiple gas stations and convenience stores in Allen and surrounding counties.  They allegedly used various distraction techniques to make off with Hoosier Lottery scratch off tickets they did not pay for.  They would then cash in any winning tickets at different location and purportedly conducted the same type of activity therein.

The case was brought forth to Hetrick by Hoosier Lottery Security Investigators Matt Lewis and Douglas Theobald, who had begun to investigate the matter internally.  As many as 10 law enforcement agencies in north and northeast Indiana took reports on the Adams’ criminal acts.

Hetrick turned his case over to the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office and on October 27th, the aforementioned charges were levied.  The Adams’ are currently incarcerated in the Kosciusko County Jail on unrelated charges and are being held on a retainer for the Allen County Jail.

Sarah M. Taylor, Executive Director of the Hoosier Lottery added, “The arrest of these two persons resulted from the diligent work of Hoosier Lottery Security Investigators Matt Lewis and Doug Theobald and the excellent cooperation of the Indiana State Police.  We are committed to maintaining the integrity and security of the Hoosier Lottery and supporting the 4,500 Hoosier retailers who sell our Lottery products.”