Texas man alters lottery ticket, tries to claim prize
Did the Scotch tape give it away?
A Houston man is accused of altering a lottery ticket last year to claim the cash prize, the Harris County District Attorney's Office said.
Allen Hudaifa, 57, was charged on Friday with claiming a lottery prize by fraud a second-degree felony, officials said.
In February 2010, Hudaifa tried to redeem a scratch-off lottery ticket that would have netted him $1,000 a week for 20 years.
But it was clear the alleged winning ticket had been tampered with, ...
Feb 14, 2011, 7:33 am - Lottery News forum
28 arrested in N.Y. gambling sting
Officers from the Rockland County Intelligence Center and the town rounded up 28 people Thursday night in a crackdown on an illegal lottery ring.
The joint raids were the result of a five-month joint investigation, authorities said.
Rockland County Sheriff's Department Capt. William Barbera, captain of the Intelligence Center, said about 11:30 p.m. that police had processed the suspects at the West Haverstraw Community Center, 130 Samsondale Ave., where officers had set up portable process ...
Feb 4, 2011, 9:57 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery scam victims finally get $12.5M jackpot
They had to wait seven years, but seven Ontario men each collected checks for more than $2 million Thursday, their share of a lottery win originally awarded to a woman now facing fraud charges.
The men, all friends and former co-workers who lay cable for a living, will each receive $2.1 million their share of the original $12.5 million jackpot plus $2.3 million in interest for a total of $14.8 million split seven ways.
The men bought the ticket jointly while working together at a construct ...
Jan 28, 2011, 10:24 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner charged in tax conspiracy
In February 2008, Kendrick D. Francis won a 10,000-to-one bet on the Pennsylvania Lottery's Big 4 game for a payday of $532,000.
But, federal prosecutors in Delaware said, that apparently wasn't enough for Francis, a Wilmington resident, who then conspired with a convenience-store operator to hide his winnings and make it appear a number of other people had won instead to avoid federal taxes.
This month, the U.S. Attorney's Office for Delaware filed felony conspiracy and tax evasion charge ...
Jan 26, 2011, 4:01 pm - Lottery News forum
Florida shopkeeper accused of taking tourist's lottery winnings
Naji Farah thought it was his lucky day: a $5,000 lottery prize.
The only problem, police say, the lottery ticket wasn't his.
The Miami Beach market owner is accused of scamming the rightful owner, telling the man the ticket was worth $600 and pocketing the rest.
Police arrested Farah, 45, this week on a charge of felony grand theft. And Florida lottery officials have suspended his store's license while the criminal charges are pending.
Miami Beach police say Farah took advantage of ...
Dec 10, 2010, 7:11 am - Lottery News forum
Nigerian lottery scammer sentenced to 14 years
A Nigerian man who swindled three Californians out of more than $400,000 by demanding tax on bogus foreign lottery winnings was sentenced Tuesday to 14 years in federal prison. The people who typically fall for such scams are older, sometimes people who have dementia and are lonely and need someone to talk to, an assistant U.S. attorney said.
One of Emmanuel I. Onwuzulike's victims, a San Fernando Valley woman, lost her home after she paid more than $368,000 for a phony tax on what she though ...
Dec 2, 2010, 6:33 am - Lottery News forum
Photos, evidence released in case of murdered Florida lottery winner
Gruesome photos of the mummified body of a slain Florida lottery winner are among mountains of evidence released this week by the Hillsborough County State Attorney's office.
More than 20 discs containing photos, videos and other documents were released in the case against Dorice DeeDee Moore, who is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Abraham Shakespeare of Lakeland.
Moore was indicted by a grand jury in March after Shakespeare's body was discovered last January. The remains ...
Nov 25, 2010, 8:25 am - Lottery News forum
Former W.V. Lottery inspector admits lying to feds
A former inspector with the West Virginia Lottery Commission admitted Wednesday that she lied to investigators about taking money from a former state delegate who ran an illegal gambling ring in West Virginia and Kentucky.
Carolyn A. Kitchen, 55, of Chapmanville, admitted that she lied to investigators with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service when they questioned her about her involvement with Joe C. Ferrell in February 2008.
Among other things, they asked ...
Nov 17, 2010, 10:45 pm - Lottery News forum
Con artists target N.J. seniors in lottery scam
The first call came in December.
How are you? How's your day? We have a wonderful thing to tell you, a 65-year-old Ocean County woman said of her first telephone conversation with the Jamaican-sounding strangers.
They said I had won an award, the woman said. (The prizes) ranged from $1.5 million to over $5.5 million.
The callers told her she had to send them money to purchase stamps so that her prize could be delivered. She sent the money, but then she got more phone calls with vario ...
Nov 7, 2010, 9:55 am - Lottery News forum
Florida woman accused of running personal lottery
A mother who solicited her neighbors for cash with the promise of a $500 prize was arrested Saturday and charged with leading an illegal lottery, authorities said.
Tina Marie Bell, 47, had her daughter fill mailboxes with letters asking residents to send $5 entrance fees for a chance at the winnings, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report. All money was to be sent to Bell's home on Rainbow Lane.
A neighbor asked the Sheriff's Office if the lottery was a scam, and a deputy resp ...
Nov 2, 2010, 8:31 am - Lottery News forum