Postal worker prevents man from losing thousands to lottery scams
Foreign lottery schemes continue to surface, keeping postal clerks and inspectors busy looking out for potential victims.
An observant postal clerk helped a man who had rival con-artists scheming him for cash, and it's a story that could help you or someone you know from falling for a similar scheme.
They are told they've won a prize, either a sweepstakes or a lottery prize, but there is a catch, said Steve Bolz, U.S. Postal Inspector.
Foreign lottery schemes are costing Americans more ...
Oct 14, 2013, 12:42 pm - Lottery News forum
New twist on foreign lottery scheme
There's a new twist to an old scheme that continues to lure people in. Con-artists have come up with one more way to deceive potential victims of foreign lottery scams.
U.S. Postal Inspector Michael Larson said, He explained to me... I mean who doesn't dream of winning the lottery? He was contacted and told you have won the lottery and in order to collect that prize money you need to pay the taxes to get it out of the country and to the us.
The victim sent the money. In fact, he sent all ...
Oct 3, 2013, 6:59 pm - Lottery News forum
Jamaican lottery scam investigation leads to Mississippi
A Jamaican national was arrested in Gulfport, Mississippi, Monday for his role in an alleged Jamaican lottery scam.
Damion Aljunior Hill, 33, is in America on a work visa, but now faces two counts of wire fraud.
Investigators with the Attorney General's Office Consumer Protection Division said the two alleged victims were told that they had won the lottery, but were required to pay taxes before the award could be made. Monies were then wired to Jamaica. The victims said they received numer ...
Jun 17, 2013, 9:01 pm - Lottery News forum
Postal worker helps bust lottery scam
Foreign lottery schemes may be fleecing Americans out of as much as a billion dollars every year. The problem is so vast, congress is hearing testimony on the matter.
Often suspects are overseas, and that's a challenge for law enforcement. But here's a case where a perceptive postal employee helped bring a suspect to justice right here in the United States.
Something is not right here. Why are you getting all these Express Mail packages from all over the US?
Mary Santiago asked the ri ...
Jun 17, 2013, 11:33 am - Lottery News forum
UK shopkeeper guilty of lottery fraud
A shopkeeper from Gravesend, a town in northwest Kent, England, has been found guilty of trying to con a lottery syndicate [pool] out of nearly 80,000 (US$120,000) in winnings.
Imran Pervais, 26, misled the winning group into thinking they had won 10 when in fact they had scooped 79,887 after matching five balls and the bonus ball.
He was convicted by a jury at Maidstone crown court of fraud by false representation following a two-day trial and he will be sentenced at a later date.
Apr 4, 2013, 5:02 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner indicted on 31 counts
Days after a Hampton Falls, New Hampshire, woman sought permission to subpoena Frederick Rick McMenimen's bank records, the former Exeter financial adviser sought Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection, court records show.
The bankruptcy claim essentially halted Susan Wagstaff's lawsuit seeking to recoup $900,000 that she claims McMenimen took from her under the ruse that he was investing the money.
It also stopped legal action connected to another $1.5 million civil judgment against McMenimen fo ...
Oct 10, 2012, 7:32 am - Lottery News forum
Mich. lottery winner who kept collecting welfare found dead
A Lincoln Park, Michigan, woman who won $1 million in the Michigan Lottery and was later convicted for still collecting state welfare died Saturday from an apparent drug overdose.
Ecorse Police confirmed Saturday afternoon that Amanda Clayton, of Lincoln Park, was found dead at a residence on Sunnyside Street at 9 a.m.
Shortly after winning the lottery in March, Clayton's story garnered national media attention when she revealed she was still collecting $5,500 from the state in food aid an ...
Sep 29, 2012, 10:24 pm - Lottery News forum
Online poker sites settle U.S. lawsuit for $731 million
The Department of Justice announced a $731 million settlement Tuesday with online poker companies PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker to resolve bank fraud and money laundering allegations.
Full Tilt also resolved allegations that it operated a Ponzi scheme, failing to maintain sufficient funds on deposit for players to withdraw. Prosecutors said last year that Full Tilt had used more than $400 million worth of player funds to pay board members and other owners since 2007.
As part of Tuesday's ...
Aug 1, 2012, 6:42 am - Lottery News forum
Michigan lottery winner convicted of welfare fraud gets probation
The Lincoln Park, Michigan, woman who made national headlines for continuing to accept food stamp benefits after winning $1 million on a Michigan Lottery game show was sentenced today in Wayne County Circuit Court to nine months of probation.
Amanda Clayton, 25, won the money on the show Make me Rich! last year and took home more than $700,000 after taxes. She was charged in April with two felony counts of welfare fraud failure to inform for not alerting the state Department of Human Services ...
Jul 24, 2012, 4:51 pm - Lottery News forum
UK Lottery winner jailed for benefit fraud
A man who won nearly 5 million (US$7.8 million) in the UK National Lottery, but fraudulently claimed about 13,000 (US$20,200) in benefits, has been jailed for nine months.
Edward Putman, 46, who was convicted of rape in 1993, won the life-changing sum in September 2009.
But he continued applying for housing benefit and income support and even wrote to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and his local council claiming he was broke and could not even afford to eat.
In reality he wa ...
Jul 24, 2012, 10:13 am - Lottery News forum