Pennsylvania store manager accused in lottery thefts
The ex-store manager of a Bangor, Pennsylvania, area gas station pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that she stole instant lottery tickets that cost the station a little more than $74,000 over three years.
While Tolino Fuel Service officials said Michelle Ann Zucal, 39, of Bangor had admitted to stealing lottery tickets, defense attorney Gregory Paglianite tried to raise questions as to how they know Zucal was responsible for the store's entire loss.
During sometimes heated exchanges wit ...
Apr 6, 2010, 7:56 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery scam victim, 78, becomes scammer, swindles friends
Duped friends, neighbors, pastor out of more than $1 million
This was the trip that would bring them the jackpot.
Doris Siegel and a friend boarded a plane to Amsterdam in August 2008 for a $1 million payout, money that would finally prove that the Nigerian lottery she'd told friends and neighbors about was no scam.
Siegel and her friend met with five men who called themselves Nigerian businessmen, authorities said. They were taken to the basement of a building and told they would need ...
Mar 30, 2010, 8:28 am - Lottery News forum
Prison terms for lottery ticket attackers
A $5 Bankroll lottery ticket won eastern Henrico County, Virginia, resident Jeff Brownell $1,000 last year but cost him his left eye in a brutal robbery attempt.
Yesterday, a plea agreement, a promise of immunity and a jury trial resulted in vastly different outcomes for Brownell's attackers.
Last night, after deliberating less than an hour, a Henrico jury found a neighbor of Brownell's guilty of multiple charges in the attack May 14 last year. Richard Greene, 33, the neighbor who did not ...
Mar 25, 2010, 7:30 am - Lottery News forum
Store clerk stole $100,000 in lottery tickets, police say
A Kroger employee was arrested Thursday on charges she stole more than $100,000 in lottery tickets.
Deborah Strong, 52, of Westwood, Ohio, was booked into the Hamilton County jail on a felony theft charge and released, jail officials said.
Strong, who also goes by the name Deborah Ridenour, stole the tickets, and then cashed them, court documents allege. When confronted, she admitted to the crime, police say. She was taken into custody at the Kroger store in Westwood at 2310 Ferguson Rd.
Mar 8, 2010, 11:03 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery ticket thief tries to claim prize at same store
Police say a 22-year-old Winter Haven man walked into a Circle K last week and stole $70 worth of Florida Scratch-Off tickets then returned to the same store to cash a winning $50 ticket.
Now, Alen Nguyen is charged with one count of retail theft.
According to the Sheriff's Office, while the clerk was away from the counter, Nguyen stole about $70 worth of scratch-off lottery tickets from the store at 5600 Cypress Gardens Blvd. The clerk called authorities when she noticed a discrepancy bet ...
Mar 8, 2010, 8:22 am - Lottery News forum
Part of stolen lottery jackpot is returned to Texas man
Willis Willis will finally get some of his $1 million lottery jackpot.
On Tuesday, state District Judge Bob Perkins signed an order restoring to the Grand Prairie man $395,000 seized from the bank account of a store clerk accused of stealing the winning ticket.
I feel pretty good, a bit relieved, said Willis, 67, shortly after the hearing in Austin. I'm glad we finally made it to this point.
Willis said he planned to spend part of the money on medical bills and a daughter's college tu ...
Feb 17, 2010, 10:15 pm - Lottery News forum
Store owner guilty of stealing lottery ticket, claiming it as his own
Faces up to 14 years for claiming $5.75 million prize
A former convenience store owner pleaded guilty Thursday to fraudulently claiming a $5.75 million winning Canada Lotto 6/49 ticket as his own.
Hafiz Malik, 62, validated the lottery ticket at his now-closed convenience store near Dufferin Street and Dupont Street in June 2004 but didn't tell his customer she had won the jackpot.
Seven months later, he claimed the prize, according to an agreed statement of facts read out in court.
Dec 7, 2009, 8:54 am - Lottery News forum
Pa. clerk stole $48K in lottery tickets
A woman faces a preliminary hearing on charges she stole $48,000 worth of instant-win Pennsylvania lottery tickets from the convenience store where she worked.
Online court records do not list an attorney for 39-year-old Diane Justi, of Freedom.
Police in Conway say Justi stole the tickets while working at the Conway Superette between April and September.
Police say one of the store's owners alerted them to the thefts. Police say store surveillance tapes clearly showed Justi stealing th ...
Nov 17, 2009, 8:27 am - Lottery News forum
Police arrest four in Chicago lottery ticket scam
Police arrested two men and two women earlier this week who allegedly ran a lottery ticket scam that targeted elderly Hispanic victims.
The four worked as a team and typically sought out elderly Hispanic victims at stores and on the street, according to a release from the Chicago Police.
The suspects would approach a victim two at a time and explain they were illegal immigrants and had a winning lottery ticket of more than one million dollars. They would then offer to share the winnings if ...
Nov 8, 2009, 8:53 am - Lottery News forum
Victim of stolen Texas lottery ticket says he knows how to get money back
Willis Willis has an idea how he can get his money back from the store clerk who authorities say stole his $1 million winning lottery ticket.
Just get me in a room with him for two minutes, says the 67-year-old Navy veteran.
Willis was back home in Grand Prairie on Tuesday after a meeting with Texas Lottery Commission officials Monday in Austin in which his attorneys tried unsuccessfully to collect the winnings.
It was a meeting that only seemed to add confusion and frustration to the ...
Nov 4, 2009, 8:20 am - Lottery News forum