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
Maryland liquor store owner charged in lottery scam
The owner of a liquor store in North Point, Maryland, was arrested and charged with grand theft, petty theft, and fraud after she was caught stealing an undercover agent's winning lottery ticket worth $10,000.
Ross Liquors, located in the Merritt North Shopping Center, had its Maryland Lottery license revoked following the undercover operation. The theft occured on last week, on March 8th.
Ross Liquors store owner, Melissa Ann Stone, 39, of the 3900 block of Goose Harbor Road in Middle Riv ...
Mar 16, 2011, 8:22 am - Lottery News forum
Texas man alters lottery ticket, tries to claim prize
Did the Scotch tape give it away?
A Houston man is accused of altering a lottery ticket last year to claim the cash prize, the Harris County District Attorney's Office said.
Allen Hudaifa, 57, was charged on Friday with claiming a lottery prize by fraud a second-degree felony, officials said.
In February 2010, Hudaifa tried to redeem a scratch-off lottery ticket that would have netted him $1,000 a week for 20 years.
But it was clear the alleged winning ticket had been tampered with, ...
Feb 14, 2011, 7:33 am - Lottery News forum
28 arrested in N.Y. gambling sting
Officers from the Rockland County Intelligence Center and the town rounded up 28 people Thursday night in a crackdown on an illegal lottery ring.
The joint raids were the result of a five-month joint investigation, authorities said.
Rockland County Sheriff's Department Capt. William Barbera, captain of the Intelligence Center, said about 11:30 p.m. that police had processed the suspects at the West Haverstraw Community Center, 130 Samsondale Ave., where officers had set up portable process ...
Feb 4, 2011, 9:57 am - Lottery News forum