Major N.Y. sports betting ring busted
Operated out of strip malls; 14 classic cars worth $100K each seized in raids
Authorities busted a multi-million dollar sports gambling ring Tuesday that started out in a Staten Island video store and grew into an online operation run out of Costa Rica, officials said.
More than a dozen raids were executed in three states Tuesday, leading to 28 arrests and the seizure of $5.7 million in assets including a Staten Island strip mall, real estate and 14 classic cars worth $100,000 a pop.
May 25, 2011, 7:15 am - Lottery News forum
Baltimore feds target Internet gambling sites
Phony company was set up to catch illegal betting businesses
Federal investigators in Baltimore set up a phony business and handled $33 million in transactions from Internet gamblers in a lengthy sting operation that led to the indictment of two online betting companies and their international owners.
Details were released Monday after 11 associated bank accounts were seized in five countries and 10 web domain names were shut down.
It is illegal for Internet gambling enterprises to do ...
May 23, 2011, 7:52 pm - Lottery News forum
Detroit lottery millionaire charged with murder
A man who was part of a U.S. Postal Service employees group who won a share of the $93 million Mega Millions Jackpot in February is now accused of killing a Detroit landlord from Australia.
In a bizarre twist to the tragic death of Greg McNicol in Detroit, police said suspect Freddie Young won a $1.8 million slice of $93 million Mega Millions lottery.
Young allegedly shot McNicol during an argument over just a few hundred dollars in overdue rent money Young's daughter owed.
It didn't m ...
May 17, 2011, 7:37 am - Lottery News forum
Maryland Lottery used to launder drug money, federal authorities say
Federal prosecutors have accused a man they say is one of Baltimore's most notorious drug dealers of laundering the profits of his heroin-selling operation through the Maryland State Lottery, Las Vegas casinos and a local used-car dealership.
The allegations against Steven Blackwell, laid out in a revised indictment Wednesday, are the most detailed glimpse yet into Blackwell's dealings, which police believe led to a spate of deadly violence in the city throughout 2008 and 2009.
Blackwell i ...
Apr 28, 2011, 7:36 am - Lottery News forum
Robbery suspects caught on tape redeeming stolen lottery tickets
Cops are looking for a man who has been caught on tape redeeming stolen California lottery tickets.
Stockton investigators say the man robbed Sally s Beauty Supply on Pacific Avenue in January, the Quick Stop on Fremont Street in January and again in March, the 7-11 on Da Vinci Drive and the AM/PM in Manteca, both in March.
At the 7-11 robbery, cops say the man took lottery tickets. Winning tickets from that stolen bunch have been redeemed by a man and woman at a Quick Stop in Antioch. The ...
Apr 25, 2011, 7:15 am - Lottery News forum
Three largest online poker sites shut down by FBI
Executives indicted, arrested
The founders of the three largest online poker sites were indicted by the FBI on Friday in what could serve as a death blow to the thriving industry.
Eleven executives at PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker were charged with bank fraud and money laundering in an indictment unsealed in a Manhattan court. Two of the executives were arrested on Friday morning in Utah and Nevada. Federal agents are searching for the others.
Prosecutors are seeking to ...
Apr 15, 2011, 4:40 pm - Lottery News forum
Pair arrested for allegedly stealing lottery tickets
Police say they found stolen scratchers at the couple's hotel
Two Glendale, California, residents were arrested Sunday for allegedly stealing dozens of lottery scratchers after distracting a store clerk, police said.
Melody Keshishzadeh, 20, and Sevak Vardumyan, 21, were arrested about 4:40 p.m. at the Days Inn on Pioneer Drive after police spotted their Cadillac in the parking lot, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.
Either way, the scratchers would have been a losing prospect.
Apr 12, 2011, 2:35 pm - Lottery News forum
Man gets 23 years for robbing Illinois lottery winner
A Rolling Meadows man shot four times when two masked intruders invaded his residence in search of lottery winnings says he still worries about being home alone at night.
On Friday a Cook County judge sentenced one of his assailants to 23 years in prison.
Robert English, formerly of Berwyn, received the sentence Friday in exchange for his guilty plea to attempted first-degree murder, home invasion and aggravated battery with a firearm. All are class X felonies punishable by up to 30 years ...
Apr 3, 2011, 7:39 am - Lottery News forum
7 guilty in $2M lottery fraud
Seven people have pleaded guilty in a lottery telemarketing fraud that U.S. prosecutors say bilked mostly elderly victims out of an estimated $2 million.
Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said Tuesday the seven all residents of Israel carried out the fraud in 2007 and 2008.
Lior Orgad, David Yamin, and Mor Galanti pleaded guilty in New York, while Guy Mayo, Elad Mayo, Asi Almakias and Yaniv Kalbers entered guilty pleas March 15, the U.S. Justice Department ...
Mar 23, 2011, 2:04 pm - Lottery News forum
N.C. store owner accused of stealing winning lottery ticket
Kecia Nehring Parker's favorite lottery numbers turned out to be lucky in more than one way.
Not only did they win her a prize of nearly $88,000, but her clockwork regularity in playing them enabled North Carolina State Education Lottery investigators to track her down after they took the winning ticket from a convenience store owner accused of trying to steal her jackpot.
I was very surprised, she said Friday. But it's definitely a good surprise.
Dunn police say that when Parker brou ...
Mar 18, 2011, 4:18 pm - Lottery News forum