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Father and Sons Are Charged in $21 Million Lottery Fraud

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Ali Jaafar and his sons Mohamed and Yousef cashed in more than 13,000 Massachusetts lottery tickets, prosecutors said, allowing the actual winners to potentially avoid paying taxes or child support.

No statistical model could explain it, and when a Massachusetts man and his two sons cashed in more than 13,000 winning lottery tickets worth nearly $21 million over eight years, federal prosecutors and lottery officials said it was anything but luck.

“A statistician will say that there’s some astronomical odd,” Michael R. Sweeney, the executive director of the Massachusetts State Lottery, said in an interview. “But the reality is, it’s zero.”

In a 19-page indictment that was unsealed on Monday in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts, Ali Jaafar and his sons Mohamed Jaafar and Yousef Jaafar were collectively charged with more than a dozen counts of fraud, money laundering and tax evasion for taking part in what the authorities say was a ticket-cashing scheme. A vast majority of the tickets were the scratch-off type that are typically sold at convenience stores, prosecutors said.

From 2011 to 2019, according to the indictment, the Jaafars claimed the prizes on behalf of the actual winners, who potentially avoided having their winnings garnished for unpaid taxes or child support, a requirement for any prize over $600 in Massachusetts.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/23/us/lottery-ticket-fraud.html

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Comments

1.
eddessaknightComment by eddessaknight - August 23, 2021, 8:50 pm
Finally the US Pit boss said "What's wrong with this game.?
2.
eddessaknightComment by eddessaknight - August 23, 2021, 10:25 pm
Avaritia facit bardus -
Greed makes you stupid.
~
3.
eddessaknightComment by eddessaknight - August 24, 2021, 3:47 am
Good luck getting the money back!!



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