Canadian gets 9 years for U.S. lottery scam
A Vancouver man was sentenced to nine years in prison Monday for running a lottery scam in the United States that defrauded dozens of elderly victims of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Henry Anekwu, 43, was convicted in April of 10 counts of mail fraud and six counts of wire fraud, all of which were centered around a telemarketing operation that told victims they had won a lottery, but needed to pay taxes or other fees up front to claim their winnings. Individual victims paid as much as $60 ...
Jul 12, 2010, 8:51 pm - Lottery News forum
Judge orders release of ex-NC Lottery official
A judge on Tuesday ordered a former North Carolina lottery commissioner convicted of five counts of the honest services law released from a Georgia prison.
U.S. District Judge James Dever III said Kevin Geddings should be set free as he seeks to have his 2006 conviction vacated. The decision came just hours after prosecutors said Geddings should be released.
Geddings was found guilty of honest services mail fraud for not disclosing his financial ties to a company that was expected to bid f ...
Jul 1, 2010, 8:52 am - Lottery News forum
Police reveal financial picture of slain lottery winner
A leather folder may hold the key to the cash and assets taken from slain Lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare and what may be owed to his estate.
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Detective Preston Hollis got the folder Jan. 31 from Linda Donegan of Plant City, the mother of Dorice DeeDee Moore. Moore was arrested Feb. 2 and charged by HCSO with Shakespeare's murder.
In response to a search warrant, Donegan handed Hollis currency, jewelry and the leather folder holding financial documents, acco ...
Jun 18, 2010, 9:21 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner's prize day includes drug arrest
Winning ticket may be subject to forfeiture
Monday was a good news-bad news day for Mark Chambers.
The good news is his Indiana Pick Four lottery ticket is a winner, worth $2,260.
The bad news is that the ticket was in his pocket when he was arrested for allegedly dealing cocaine.
Sgt. John Jelks of the Gary Narcotics-Vice Unit said his detectives are consulting with prosecutors and the city's forfeiture lawyer to determine if the police department can seize the prize.
Chambers, 2 ...
Jun 16, 2010, 11:51 am - Lottery News forum
Store owner jailed one year for stealing $5.7M lottery ticket
A former convenience store owner who cheated a customer out of a $5.7 million lottery ticket has been sentenced to a year in jail.
Hafiz Malik, 63, sat quietly as Ontario provincial court Justice Rebecca Shamai pronounced sentence Tuesday at Old City Hall courthouse in downtown Toronto.
Dressed in a black T-shirt and grey slacks, the white-haired Malik listened intently to the judge's reasons.
In December, Malik had pleaded to fraud.
He admitted to tricking a customer, Lorraine Teich ...
Jun 16, 2010, 9:31 am - Lottery News forum
Seven arrested in underground lottery sting
Seven people are facing felony bookmaking charges after authorities say they were operating an illegal lottery out of four markets in San Pablo and Richmond, California.
Authorities say the lottery was broken up after a sting operation led by the California Lottery's Security and Law Enforcement Division.
Investigators say the seven suspects sold homemade tickets to buyers who were placing bets on numbers in an actual California Lottery game.
Lottery spokesman Bill Ainsworth says though ...
Jun 11, 2010, 8:08 am - Lottery News forum
$1 million Powerball winner arrested
A Marshalltown, Iowa, man who won $1 million in the Powerball lottery last year has been charged with supplying alcohol to a minor and prescription drug possession.
Marshalltown Police Assistant Chief Brian Batterson says Ricky Rushton was arrested early Tuesday after officers responded to a complaint about underage drinking at his business, Memories Banquet Hall.
Batterson says Wednesday that officers found an underage employee at the business who was intoxicated.
Rushton was arrested ...
Jun 9, 2010, 6:59 pm - Lottery News forum
Wash. man accused of stealing $100K of lottery tickets
The manager of a Winlock, Washington, store stole thousands of dollars in scratch tickets and hid evidence of the thefts, some of which were caught on camera, Lewis County authorities said.
Prosecutors said Benjamin Macy, 51, repeatedly stole $20 scratch tickets that cost Cedar Village IGA and the Washington Lottery Commission more than $100,000 over several years, the Chronicle reported.
Police said Macy would cash in the winning tickets. State lottery records showed that among the winnin ...
Jun 3, 2010, 6:35 am - Lottery News forum
Store clerk gets prison term for Ohio lottery ticket theft
Deborah Strong admits she is a habitual thief whose gambling addiction has resulted in her stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from her employers over the last decade.
For her latest theft more than $500,000 in Ohio Lottery scratch-off tickets from a Kroger store she was sent Tuesday to prison for the maximum sentence of five years. She pleaded guilty to the charge of aggravated theft last month.
The sentence was imposed by Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Dennis Helmick, who ...
Jun 2, 2010, 8:42 am - Lottery News forum
Alabama woman gets money back from lottery scam
An Alabama woman recently got $16,800 back after a joint U.S. and Canadian investigation into fraudulent telemarketers who represented themselves as lottery officials.
The Alabama resident, whose name was not released, got her money back on May 14, according to a press release from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
A multi-agency U.S-Canada initiative called Project COLT was responsible for helping return the money.
Many variations exist on the lottery scams, according to ...
May 24, 2010, 10:56 am - Lottery News forum