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Police arrest four in Chicago lottery ticket scam

Nov 8, 2009, 8:53 am

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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 the elderly victim gave money in good faith.

The suspects persuaded about five victims to give between $5,000 to $50,000 and/or jewelry with the promise that the victims would share in the lottery winnings. The combined loss of the five victims was about $110,000, the release said. The suspects also attempted to defraud two other victims of $50,000.

John Garcia, 30 of the 4700 block of South Karlov Avenue, was charged with three counts of theft by deception and one count of attempted theft by deception.

William Velasquez-Ortiz, 43, of the 2000 block of North Milwaukee Avenue, was charged with one count of theft by deception and two counts of attempted theft by deception.

Janet Cruz, 39, of the 3200 block of West Lawrence Avenue, was charged with three counts of theft by deception.

Carmen Perez-Santiago, 62, of the 3200 block of West Lawrence Avenue was charged with one count of theft by deception.

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Chicago Sun-Times

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Raven62's avatar - binary
New Jersey
United States
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June 28, 2005
157206 Posts

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    Kidzmom's avatar - cold
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    Member #11741
    February 23, 2005
    1234 Posts

    NC needs to open up an investigation on the new owners of the corner country store to get them also.  I've reported what happened to me there to the NC authorities but I guess they will need more compliaints before they look into it.  I bought 6 Pick 3 tickets there, and only received 5 back.  Now they charged me $6 for the tix.  I never left the counter and I counted my tickets out right there.  I even told him what number was missing ! The guy swore he gave me 6, and I told him, I never left away from the counter and that he did not give me my 6th ticket and I wanted my ticket or my money back, well by this time the other clerk was like maybe you left your ticket in your car..I was like lady, I never left this store AND I never left this counter, so I am going to call the police right now unless I get my ticket or my money!  Wellll....low and behold....my ticket magically appeared and I was told oh it printed out late......I told both clerks that they were liars because I know for a fact my ticket did not print out late...  #1.. I have played the VA lottery since it began so I am no stranger to the lottery here in NC!

    #2.  The ticket that was missing was  ticket #3 on the playslip that I filled out.  Soooo how could I have tickets 1 to 6 and the 3 was missing. 

    #3.  I looked at the ticket printer and there was NO ticket on there and then you pull a ticket from the side of the printer... BULLCHIPS!! 

    I told everyone that was in the line what had happened and most of them left the store and a few stayed b/c they said they was not buying tickets.  I have not been back there to get another ticket nor will I ever go back to this particular store!

    So if you are in Durham NC don't go to the store that formerly used to be called Pope's on the corner of Cheek Road/Burton Rd. 

    Don't even go there to get your tickets checked!  After what that store employee did to that man and stole his winning million dollar ticket, these people will be out the country before you know it.

    The store has new owners now and they are shady!

    Be kind to a stranger because you never know when you are talking to an angel.Blue Angel



      TnTicketlosers's avatar - Lottery-065.jpg

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      Member #71118
      February 19, 2009
      1224 Posts

      And it's most of the time the people from another country....Let me go somewhere and do that and I would be deheaded...but not here.

        Monkey Butt, USA
        United States
        Member #54567
        August 23, 2007
        1124 Posts

         P***ed All of these bass-tards need to be stuck under a Mexican jail and not see the light of day for the next million years. P***ed

        Times are hard as hell and these greedy puppies want to prey on folks who are already living on limited funds?!!! P***ed

        Hanging is too good for them. Make them pay!!! Make them pay!!! P***edTurkeyP***edP***ed

          HaveABall's avatar - rocket

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          Member #72446
          March 18, 2009
          1391 Posts

          The article indicated:  "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."

          Isn't this kindness personified.  Possibly one illegal resident, helping another?  Now that's truly SHARING the luck.  People who were resourceful enough to enter the good 'ole U.S.A. illegally prove that they are able to help themselves to what they want repeatedly.

          Also, it's an alarming cost comment #1 about prison!  I wonder why these 4 criminals, and any of their illegal associates, aren't instead deported.  Are these repeat law breakers/law disrespectors simply tried here and then deported/returned to the country that they are legal citizens for the deemed sentance?  Yet, perhaps these four criminal people are U.S.A. citizens, so they can't be deported.

          Having several millions of dollars in my financial accounts means receiving several valuable services each day!


            maringoman's avatar - images q=tbn:ANd9GcTbRxpKQmOfcCoUqF2FyqIOAwDo7rg9G-lfJLAALPGWJWwiz19eRw
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            April 14, 2006
            2747 Posts

            I am tired of feeling sorry for the elderly who are smart enough to know that when the deal is too good then something is not right. I mean, they are not small children who dont know better. The criminals should be charged but also the people who get scammed should start using their brains.

              Jordans121's avatar - nw bookeep.jpg

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              January 5, 2009
              2170 Posts

              Either people are getting really creative or people are getting more vulnerable. Which one?

              "Many Strategies|One Game"

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                April 12, 2008
                3857 Posts

                They deserved it!

                  Tenaj's avatar - michellea
                  Charlotte NC
                  United States
                  Member #17405
                  June 18, 2005
                  4073 Posts

                  Either people are getting really creative or people are getting more vulnerable. Which one?

                  It's an old scam, just with a lottery twist.


                    rdgrnr's avatar - nw barkeep.jpg
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                    The Hall Of The Mountain Kings Tennessee
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                    April 28, 2009
                    15325 Posts

                    It's an old scam, just with a lottery twist.

                    That's right, it's called the "pigeon drop." It's usually used with the ruse that they found a large sum of money and will share it with you if you put up some "good faith" money to show you can be trusted. It's amazing how people keep falling for it through the years.