KENAI - An employee at a pull-tab business was arrested for stealing more than $53,000 to support an addiction to painkillers.
Brandi M. Montague, 31, of Soldotna, was charged last week with first-degree theft after an annual audit at River City Pull Tabs revealed an unexplained loss.
The business is owned and operated by the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce, which contacted police.
The alleged theft occurred between July 2006 and June 2007, according to Sgt. Duane Kant of the Soldotna Police Department.
According to court documents, Montague said she used the money to support her addiction to painkillers and would rip the pull tabs and cash out any winnings.
Michelle Glaves, executive director of the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce, said Montague worked as a pull tab clerk at River City Pull Tabs for about three years. She said she couldn't comment on why the chamber suspected Montague.
In court, Montague said she had a child at home and wanted to enter Serenity House, a drug and alcohol treatment facility run by Central Peninsula Hospital.
Kenai District Court Judge Matthew Christian set a preliminary court date for March 24.
The investigation is continuing and authorities said additional charges could be forthcoming.