Lottery scammer who stole thousands from elderly women pleads guilty
Exposed fraud ring defrauded 16 known victims in a two and a half-year conspiracy
By Kate Northrop
A Colombian woman who helped a fraud ring execute lottery scams that systematically targeted grandmothers was found guilty of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
Tuesday, Luisa Camargo, 39, was sentenced to nine months in jail (that she already served) and two years on supervised release. After joining the fraud ring and causing thousands of dollars in losses, she alone will pay $38,069 in re ...
Jun 24, 2020, 7:48 am - Lottery News forum
Wisconsin woman receives probation for stealing and cashing $25,000 lottery ticket
Former convenience store clerk gets a total of three years' probation for theft and fraud
By Kate Northrop
Jessica N. Surratt, 32, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin was sentenced on Tuesday to two years of probation after pleading guilty to fraud for cashing a winning ticket worth $25,000.
This is in addition to the one year of probation she was initially handed for the theft of tickets back in 2018.
On June 16, 2018, Surratt stole nine scratch-off lottery tickets from the Portage Market Bask ...
May 28, 2020, 8:32 am - Lottery News forum
Michigan Lottery warns public about increase in prize scams during coronavirus outbreak
The Michigan Lottery is warning the public about a scam in which people are told they've won a big prize but need to pay a fee or provide sensitive personal information to collect it.
The scam works like this: A person gets a letter, email, or phone call to inform them that they've won a big lottery prize but must pay a fee or provide sensitive personal information to collect the prize.
If the person agrees to pay a fee, the scam artist convinces them to mail a cashier's check, make an ele ...
Apr 8, 2020, 7:56 am - Lottery News forum
Daughter saves Massachusetts man from being victimized in sweepstakes scam
A dream of a lifetime seemed to have come true last week for an elderly Massachusetts man when he received a call from someone who claimed to represent Publisher's Clearing House.
The caller told the elderly Swampscott man he had just won $8.5 million plus a brand new Chevrolet in their national lottery. All he needed to do, the caller told him, was to pay the $45,000 taxes due on the money and the prize would be his.
It didn't occur to the man being scammed that the tax bill on $8.5 milli ...
Mar 19, 2020, 10:36 am - Lottery News forum
Man exploits Arizona Lottery vending machine flaw, gets $55K worth of free tickets
A man is accused of exploiting a flaw in the Arizona Lottery vending machines to get over $55,000 worth of lottery tickets.
Earlier this week, the Arizona Attorney general's Office filed charges against Everado Najera-Nava, 40, for computer tampering and fraud.
Investigators say that Nava exploited a flaw in Arizona Lottery vending machines that gave him $54,699 worth of lottery tickets without paying for them. Police say Nava would enter his debit card into the machine to start the transa ...
Mar 15, 2020, 11:09 am - Lottery News forum
S.C. man loses more than $140K to 'you've won the lottery' scam
Includes video report
Deputies say a man lost more than $140,000 to a lottery scam in York County, South Carolina.
The resident was scammed out of $143,500 via the common you've won the lottery scam.
In this case, deputies say two suspects a Ben Washington and Shirley Marsh informed the victim he had won $2.8 million.
Shirley reportedly told the victim to send $3,500 to an address in Emporia, Kansas to be able to receive the money.
After that money was sent, deputies say the scam ...
Feb 28, 2020, 10:31 am - Lottery News forum
Pa. store clerk accused of stealing over $17K worth of lottery tickets
Police in Meyersdale, Pennsylvania, say a woman stole more than $17,000 worth of lottery tickets from a Sheetz store where she worked.
According to a criminal complaint, 37-year-old Cheryl Delawder was confronted by her manager after she was seen on video taking tickets from the lottery machines.
Police say during an interview, Delawder admitted to police to stealing the tickets and cashing them out at different locations. According to the complaint, Delawder told police she had been steal ...
Feb 27, 2020, 5:00 am - Lottery News forum
California man pleads guilty to Latina grandmothers lottery scam
A Los Angeles man pleaded guilty Monday to a federal charge for targeting Latina grandmothers in Long Beach and throughout Southern California in a scam involving a fake winning lottery ticket.
Tito Lozada, 50, faces sentencing May 11 on a single count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.
Two of three additional defendants previously pleaded guilty to the same charge and are awaiting sentencing in Los Angeles federal court.
Feb 25, 2020, 1:39 pm - Lottery News forum
Thief yanks entire lottery ticket displays from two California businesses
Includes video report
A lightning quick lottery ticket thief tried his luck twice, yanking California Lottery Scratchers display cases from counters in bold heists that were caught on camera at two San Gabriel Valley businesses.
The crimes were reported Jan. 22 at Smoke Rings 4 and Daily Donut in San Dimas. Store security video shows the man, dressed in athletic wear, grab the Scratchers displays in a bear hug before sprinting away, leaving a flurry of lottery tickets in his wake.
Feb 20, 2020, 11:31 am - Lottery News forum
Massachusetts man sues 2 women, claiming they cheated him out of $4 million lottery prize
A Massachusetts man says two women cheated him out of $4 million in lottery winnings by taking advantage of his inability to read or speak English.
The man, Joao Luis DaPonte, said in a civil complaint filed earlier this month in Bristol Superior Court that when he initially scratched the Lottery ticket he purchased at Cafe Sao Paulo on Bolton Street in New Bedford on Nov. 23, he believed he had won $4,000 since the ticket said $4MIL below the number 26.
DaPonte does not read or speak Engl ...
Jan 25, 2020, 2:24 pm - Lottery News forum