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NY man gets maximum sentence for stolen $5M lottery ticket

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A former auto dealership manager convicted of possessing an apartment complex maintenance worker's winning $5 million New York lottery ticket was sentenced Tuesday to up to 25 years in prison by a judge who cited his "rapacious greed."

The Onondaga County District Attorney's Office said Andy Ashkar, 35, of Camillus, was sentenced Tuesday morning to the maximum sentence of 8 years, 4 months to 25 years for having the ticket that was stolen from his parents' convenience store in Syracuse in October 2006.

Onondaga County Court Judge Joseph Fahey, who convicted Ashkar of criminal possession of stolen property during a non-jury trial in May, told him, "You exhibited some of the most rapacious greed I've seen in a long, long time."

(See One brother convicted, one acquitted in $5M lottery trial, Lottery Post, May 1, 2013.)

Prosecutors said Ashkar, a former finance manager at a Syracuse-area auto dealership, had stolen the winning scratch-off ticket from the real winner, Robert Miles. Lottery officials said Tuesday they're in the "final stages" of the verification process that will determine if the ticket belongs to Miles.

Ashkar's brother, Nayel, was cleared of conspiracy charges during the same trial. Their father, Nayef, owner of the store where the ticket was sold, is charged with conspiracy. He has a separate trial scheduled for September.

Police and lottery officials said the Ashkar brothers convinced Miles, a maintenance worker at an apartment complex near the store, that the ticket was worth only $5,000 when Miles bought it in 2006. The brothers paid Miles $4,000, took a $1,000 handling fee, then waited until the ticket was about to expire before trying to claim the jackpot in 2012, prosecutors said.

Miles said he wasn't thinking clearly that day because he had been high on crack cocaine the night before.

"It was a crime of greed, absolute greed, on the part of Andy Ashkar, and I'm pleased the judge took the stand that he did," Beth Van Doren, the assistant district attorney who prosecuted the case, told The Associated Press. "The community is just outraged that this happened because everyone has an attachment to the lottery and the dream of winning money."

The minimum prison sentence Ashkar faced was 1 to 3 years in prison. Van Doren had asked for a sentence of 5 to 15 years in prison.

Andy Ashkar's attorney, Robert Durr, said getting the maximum sentence left his client "stunned." Durr said Ashkar didn't say anything in court when he learned his fate.

"We're disappointed," Durr said. "Based on my client's lack of criminal history and being a fairly productive member of the community, I thought the maximum was a bit excessive."

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RJOh's avatar - chipmunk
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Posted: July 23, 2013, 5:23 pm - IP Logged

"We're disappointed," Durr said. "Based on my client's lack of  criminal history and being a fairly productive member of the community, I thought the maximum was a bit excessive."

Apparently his lawyer didn't count cheating someone out of their lottery winnings as criminal.

 * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
   
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    Posted: July 23, 2013, 5:55 pm - IP Logged

    All lottery vendors and their employees should get a copy of that article.

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      Posted: July 23, 2013, 6:42 pm - IP Logged

      Andy Ashkar's attorney, Robert Durr, said getting the maximum sentence left his client "stunned." 

       

      What did he expect?

      A slap on the wrist and a shame on you?

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        Posted: July 23, 2013, 7:14 pm - IP Logged

        Trust no one and check your own tickets.

        Guess Who's Back?

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          Posted: July 23, 2013, 7:30 pm - IP Logged

          All lottery vendors and their employees should get a copy of that article.

          Amen.  And check your tickets yourself!  I was worried about this sentencing based on his brother being cleared but I guess the public interest concerns won out.

          J'aime La France.

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            "We're disappointed," Durr said. "Based on my client's lack of  criminal history and being a fairly productive member of the community, I thought the maximum was a bit excessive."

            Apparently his lawyer didn't count cheating someone out of their lottery winnings as criminal.

            The opposite of disappointment is Jubilation and that was probably what they were expecting, thought he would get 18 months in the slammer. That caring Father of his is up next, hope he get over 8 years for his envolvment.

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              Posted: July 23, 2013, 11:08 pm - IP Logged

              Andy Ashkar is about to turn into Sandy Ashkar lol I don't envy him

              That money's gone fo ever

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                Posted: July 24, 2013, 12:57 am - IP Logged

                Andy Ashkar is about to turn into Sandy Ashkar lol I don't envy him

                He sure will. The first thing they give you in prison is a mop for your head and red kool-aid for your lips. Glad to see one of these low lifes finally get punished good.

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                  Posted: July 24, 2013, 1:39 am - IP Logged

                  "We're disappointed," Durr said. "Based on my client's lack of  criminal history and being a fairly productive member of the community, I thought the maximum was a bit excessive."

                  Apparently his lawyer didn't count cheating someone out of their lottery winnings as criminal.

                  why hasn't someone locked the doors and burned the stor down yet? send them back to their country for sentencing.Mad


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                    Posted: July 24, 2013, 1:46 am - IP Logged

                    A former auto dealership manager convicted of possessing an apartment complex maintenance worker's winning $5 million New York lottery ticket was sentenced Tuesday to up to 25 years in prison by a judge who cited his "rapacious greed."

                    The Onondaga County District Attorney's Office said Andy Ashkar, 35, of Camillus, was sentenced Tuesday morning to the maximum sentence of 8 years, 4 months to 25 years for having the ticket that was stolen from his parents' convenience store in Syracuse in October 2006.

                    Onondaga County Court Judge Joseph Fahey, who convicted Ashkar of criminal possession of stolen property during a non-jury trial in May, told him, "You exhibited some of the most rapacious greed I've seen in a long, long time."

                    (See One brother convicted, one acquitted in $5M lottery trial, Lottery Post, May 1, 2013.)

                    Prosecutors said Ashkar, a former finance manager at a Syracuse-area auto dealership, had stolen the winning scratch-off ticket from the real winner, Robert Miles. Lottery officials said Tuesday they're in the "final stages" of the verification process that will determine if the ticket belongs to Miles.

                    Ashkar's brother, Nayel, was cleared of conspiracy charges during the same trial. Their father, Nayef, owner of the store where the ticket was sold, is charged with conspiracy. He has a separate trial scheduled for September.

                    Police and lottery officials said the Ashkar brothers convinced Miles, a maintenance worker at an apartment complex near the store, that the ticket was worth only $5,000 when Miles bought it in 2006. The brothers paid Miles $4,000, took a $1,000 handling fee, then waited until the ticket was about to expire before trying to claim the jackpot in 2012, prosecutors said.

                    Miles said he wasn't thinking clearly that day because he had been high on crack cocaine the night before.

                    "It was a crime of greed, absolute greed, on the part of Andy Ashkar, and I'm pleased the judge took the stand that he did," Beth Van Doren, the assistant district attorney who prosecuted the case, told The Associated Press. "The community is just outraged that this happened because everyone has an attachment to the lottery and the dream of winning money."

                    The minimum prison sentence Ashkar faced was 1 to 3 years in prison. Van Doren had asked for a sentence of 5 to 15 years in prison.

                    Andy Ashkar's attorney, Robert Durr, said getting the maximum sentence left his client "stunned." Durr said Ashkar didn't say anything in court when he learned his fate.

                    "We're disappointed," Durr said. "Based on my client's lack of criminal history and being a fairly productive member of the community, I thought the maximum was a bit excessive."

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                    Smash 15 years u thief in his country he would get his hands chopped off 

                    That dirty dog has probably been ripping ppl off so I'm glad that he gets the maximum sentence. He just finally got caught. I don't trust them sand ninjas. I also check myself ?? TRUST NO 1 ya digg


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                      Posted: July 24, 2013, 1:54 am - IP Logged

                      See Ya!

                      Smash

                       

                      did they not get banned from selling scratchers ?  I always check myself dont trust them sand ninjas they are dirty

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                        Posted: July 24, 2013, 6:31 am - IP Logged

                        Don't do the crime, if you can't do the time.

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                          Posted: July 24, 2013, 8:26 am - IP Logged

                          Trust no one and check your own tickets.

                          I Agree! and I would like to add this piece of advice, "Just say no to crack!"  According to the late Rick James, cocaine is a hell of a drug!

                           

                          Now just don't be like Tyron Biggums and go out and buy a big white rock!

                          Get MONEY!!! Winning a JACKPOT lottery is all the HOPE and CHANGE I desire!!!  NOW give me MONEY!US Flag

                          The guy who won the presidency in 2008 really won the lottery...he is now millions richer, travels in first class style, and even has a staff that would be the envy of the richest Powerball winner (she has a staff of 2). Every night he goes to sleep, he probably plays the close of Dave Chappelle's Show: I'm rich beyatch!

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                            Posted: July 24, 2013, 8:34 pm - IP Logged

                            Lucky schmuck got only a jail sentence. In some countries, they will chop of his fingers-lucky to be in the good old USA.