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Louisiana Credit Card Thief Wins Lottery - Plus Jail Time


Last Edited: October 24, 2011, 5:25 am

Talk about good luck. Waiel "Wally" Mohamad Shihadeh, 39, of Bossier City, La. won $700,000 in the Louisiana Lottery.


Talk about bad luck. The day after he picked up his winnings, he was arrested for credit card fraud.

As it turns out, Shihadeh had allegedly been at his fraud before winning the lottery. It was just, well, luck, that made him a lottery winner one day, a possible felon the next. He owns a truck shop in Minden, La., and he got into a scheme with a truck driver, in which the truck driver used his company's credit card to charge for more fuel than he was actually buying. The truck driver, Thorne Thornton, would then split the extra cash with Shihadeh, allegedly netting them each about $1,500.


Shihadeh was charged with three counts of credit card fraud by persons authorized to provide goods and services and one count each of criminal conspiracy to commit felony access device fraud and money laundering. He was booked into the Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center on a $36,500 bond.


On the plus side for Shihadeh, thanks to his lottery earnings, he was able to post his bond.  On the down side - Shihadeh's fellow prisoners kept asking him if he would post their bonds, too.

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sully16Comment by sully16 - October 24, 2011, 8:57 am

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