Pair arrested for stealing lottery tickets for 3 years
Claimed $187,000 in winnings from stolen scratch-offs
A clerk at Local Yokel food mart has been arrested for stealing Florida Lottery scratch-off tickets and raking in $187,000 in winnings.
Michelle Joan Despain, 35, of Daphne, Ala., is accused of stealing books of tickets and claiming them in Escambia County and in Orlando during a family vacation, according to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office.
The tickets she stole would have sold for more than $243,000.
Despain's husband, ...
Feb 8, 2008, 8:56 am - Lottery News forum
Judge rules thief keeps lottery jackpot
The Massachusetts bank robber accused of violating his probation by scratching and winning a $1 million lottery ticket will keep his windfall and will not face jail time as a result of a court hearing this morning in Barnstable.
Appearing in Barnstable Superior Court, Timothy Elliott, 55, was found in violation of his probation for buying the $800 Million Spectacular scratch ticket at the Hyannis Stop Shop on Independence Drive on Nov. 23.
He was today ordered to pay $65 a month to mo ...
Jan 18, 2008, 7:24 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery ticket thief sentenced
East Greenbush woman to serve six months of weekends in jail despite pleas for leniency
An East Greenbush woman who admitted stealing a $25,000 winning lottery ticket was sentenced Thursday to six months of weekends in jail, despite pleas from her attorney that the court show some mercy and drop the jail time.
Kelly Clifford, 21, appeared before Judge Robert Jacon for sentencing last week, when her lawyer, John Kelleher, asked for compassion for his client.
During that appearance, Kel ...
Jan 11, 2008, 8:38 am - Lottery News forum
Contractors steal $70,000 in lottery prize money
Computer system breached; technicians printed bogus tickets, investigators allege
D.C. officials were told last year that lax enforcement of security procedures made it possible for a handful of contract employees to steal tens of thousands of dollars in lottery tickets and prize money, according to records released this week in response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed with the D.C. Lottery and Charitable Games Control Board.
An investigation conducted by Battelle Memorial I ...
Jan 9, 2008, 3:53 pm - Lottery News forum
Worker accused of stealing winning Oregon lottery ticket
An investigation by Oregon State Police Lottery Security Section detectives has led to the arrest of a Springfield man who allegedly stole a winning $50,000 scratch-it ticket from the victim at a Springfield restaurant.
The suspect was arrested when he came to lottery headquarters to claim the $50,000 prize.
Oregon State Police was contacted by the victim, a 37-year old Kooskia, Idaho resident, on December 26th, reporting the theft that day of a winning Oregon Lottery scratch-it ticket. Li ...
Jan 9, 2008, 11:29 am - Lottery News forum
D.C. Lottery thefts tied to lax security processes
D.C. officials learned last year that lax enforcement of security procedures made it possible for a handful of contract employees to steal tens of thousands of dollars in lottery tickets and prize money, according to records released this week in response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed with the District of Columbia Lottery Charitable Games Control Board.
An investigation conducted by Battelle Memorial Institute in August 2006 determined the ticket thefts were most likely com ...
Dec 21, 2007, 12:34 pm - Lottery News forum
Will robber get to keep lottery jackpot?
The winner of a $1 million lottery scratch ticket may not be so lucky after all: He's a convicted bank robber who isn't supposed to gamble.
Timothy Elliott faces a Dec. 7 court hearing over whether he violated his probation when he bought the $10 ticket for the $800 Million Spectacular game at a supermarket in Hyannis.
Elliott was placed on five years' probation after pleading guilty in October 2006 to unarmed robbery for a January 2006 heist at a bank on Cape Cod. Under terms of his pro ...
Nov 29, 2007, 6:23 am - Lottery News forum
Chinese Man Hacks Lottery System, Gets Life in Prison
Note to self: Next visit to China, don't try rigging the lottery.
A Chinese lottery ticket seller has been jailed for life for fraud for taking advantage of a system flaw to cash 28 million yuan ($3.76 million) in tickets illegally, state media said Tuesday.
Zhao Liqun discovered the flaw in the Welfare Lottery 3D system in 2005 that let a person buy tickets with the right numbers within five minutes of their being announced, sources at the Intermediate People's Court in Anshan, northea ...
Nov 8, 2007, 2:36 pm - Lottery News forum
Tennessee couple accused of stealing thousands of lottery tickets
A Maryville, Tennessee, couple is out on bond after being accused of stealing thousands of lottery tickets.
Linda Dillow, 59, and Charles Dillow, 50, are accused of stealing from the Easy Way Exxon in Maryville, where both worked.
The owner noticed a discrepancy on the books with regard to the number of lottery tickets that had left the story. The owner watched the store's surveillance video to get a better idea of what was going on.
Police say the video showed Linda Dillow stealing $ ...
Oct 16, 2007, 7:56 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery fraudster spared prison
A Belfast woman who falsely claimed more than 40,000 (US$75,000) in benefits after she had won nearly 60,000 (US$110,000) playing the UK National Lottery has been spared jail.
In June 2000, Leanne Thompson, 29, from Bloomfield Parade, scooped 58,518, but failed to declare her change of circumstances to the benefits agencies.
The mother-of-three admitted making false statements to obtain benefits.
Belfast Crown Court Judge Her Honor Kennedy suspended a one year sentence for two year ...
Oct 10, 2007, 9:24 pm - Lottery News forum