565 lottery scammers arrested in global operation
Massive 14-month investigation spans the globe and brings more than 500 fraudsters to justice
More than 2.8 million people in the U.S. paid to obtain credit cards, claim sweepstakes winnings and get in on lucrative investments that turned out to be too good to be true, officials said Tuesday as they announced hundreds of arrests in an international investigation.
Authorities in five countries have arrested 565 people in fraud schemes that netted more than $1 billion. Many of those arreste ...
May 23, 2006, 6:41 pm - Lottery News forum
4 Massachusetts lottery licenses suspended
A top official with the Massachusetts Lottery Commission said yesterday that it has indefinitely suspended lottery licenses for four establishments where video slot machines were seized last week by state police investigating possible illegal gambling.
The suspensions were issued yesterday, said Beth A. Bresnahan, director of communications for the state Lottery Commission. We take this seriously, said Bresnahan.
Massachusetts State Police reported on Thursday that 38 machines were seiz ...
May 10, 2006, 7:30 am - Lottery News forum
Man reports $7,000 scam by 'lottery winner'
A good Samaritan was taken for a ride he won't soon forget after he reported being scammed $7,000 by a man who said he won the lottery.
Here's what happened, according to the victim and a North Miami police report:
The victim, a 68-year-old Aventura, Florida, resident, was walking in the parking lot of Home Depot, 12055 Biscayne Blvd., at about 10:30 a.m. on a recent Wednesday when he was approached by a man who said he was an undocumented worker from Honduras and needed help finding a law ...
May 8, 2006, 11:59 am - Lottery News forum
Thief can't resist lure of lottery tickets
A jackpot-seeking thief swooped into a south Raleigh convenience store early Saturday morning, grabbed a plastic dispenser filled with $1,100 worth of lottery tickets and then ran away, according to police.
The guy just came into the store and talked to the clerk for a bit, said Dawda Jack, manager of the BP Amoco Station at 1969 Rock Quarry Road. Then he pulled a whole rack of tickets from the counter. He walked out -- we had it on tape and everything.
Raleigh police said officers cau ...
May 1, 2006, 7:57 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery scammer busted by Border Patrol
A woman accused in Illinois and Florida scams and featured on the TV show America's Most Wanted was arrested in El Paso, Texas, a report said Wednesday.
Maria Gomez, 49, was among 16 illegal aliens U.S. Border Patrol agents detained when they were spotted crossing a river near the U.S.-Mexican border.
The high-profile arrest occurred Monday evening when Border Patrol agents witnessed a group of people crossing the river four miles from the Zaragoza Bridge, trying to sneak into the Unite ...
Apr 26, 2006, 6:50 pm - Lottery News forum
N.C. Lottery prohibits illegal aliens from collecting big prizes
The estimated 390,000 illegal aliens in North Carolina are welcome to spend money on the state's new lottery, but they may not be allowed to collect.
Lottery officials said state law does not prohibit illegal aliens from collecting a prize, but the lottery's claim policies may effectively bar them from getting the money.
N.C. lottery rules require a winner of $600 or more to claim their prize at a lottery office, showing a photo identification and proof of a Social Security number. If the ...
Apr 14, 2006, 1:42 pm - Lottery News forum
Florida lottery winners indicted on tax charge
Alex and Rhoda Toth were down to their last $24 in May 1990 when they won $13 million in the Florida Lotto.
The Toths said then that they hoped the money would buy them a simple, quiet life.
They ended up with anything but. Their wealth led to family squabbles and bankruptcy court.
On Tuesday, it led to a federal grand jury indictment.
The Hudson couple are charged with filing fraudulent income tax returns in 2000, 2001 and 2002. If convicted, both face up to 24 years in federal pris ...
Apr 14, 2006, 7:48 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner is arrested for failing to appear
Winning the lottery proved to be unlucky for a Craven County, North Carolina, man.
Publicity over the $10,000 prize Henry Wooten Jr. won earlier this week netted a visit from Craven County Sheriff's deputies.
But they weren't looking for a loan. They were looking to arrest him.
Thomas Bersch, with the Craven County Sheriff's office, said Wooten, 20, was wanted on a warrant for failing to appear in court for larceny, and breaking and entering.
Bersch said authorities were given in ...
Apr 14, 2006, 7:03 am - Lottery News forum
Man arrested after redeeming stolen lottery tickets
A 24-year-old Michigan man was arrested this week on a charge that he stole more than $20,000 worth of lottery tickets from his employer and redeemed the winning tickets at businesses across Wayne County.
State Police said Jerry Allen Gallup worked at Hazel's Party Store in Taylor, where he was accused of taking Michigan Lottery Instant Game Tickets.
The winning tickets were cashed in at more than 30 locations in Wayne County, police said.
Police said Gallup confessed to the theft, an ...
Mar 16, 2006, 6:52 am - Lottery News forum
464 gaming machines seized in S.C.
Businesses say despite payouts, games aren't illegal gambling
South Carolina authorities seized 464 gaming machines and computers Thursday from 13 York County businesses accused of hosting illegal gambling just over the N.C. state line.
Drawing attention were an increasing number of Internet cafes where customers played video slots with prepaid cards. Business owners defended them as legal sweepstakes. Authorities, however, said the cafes, which pay out money to winners, are thinly veile ...
Mar 3, 2006, 3:43 pm - Lottery News forum