New York man accused of running lottery con game
A Rochester, New York, man has been accused of running a lottery con game in which three senior citizens were persuaded to send him a total of $138,000 in order to claim their mega-bucks winnings.
The winnings were fictitious but the crime was real, federal prosecutors say: Roydel Nicholson was charged Friday with mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering in connection with the scheme, which he allegedly ran from his apartment on Van Auker Street.
A criminal complaint unsealed in U.S. Di ...
Apr 25, 2015, 8:18 am - Lottery News forum
3 face charges in Indiana Lottery scam
Three people redeemed a fraudulent Hoosier Lottery ticket worth $2 million, buying a home and several vehicles with the money before police caught on to the scam, court documents allege.
Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry announced in a news conference Thursday that two men and a woman all relatives are facing 15 criminal counts in connection with a lottery fraud scheme that raked in more than $1.1 million.
Ashlee Parsley, Jackie Parsley II and Joseph Parsley face theft, forgery and mone ...
Apr 24, 2015, 11:38 am - Lottery News forum
Texas man charged in Iowa lottery case contests extradition
A Texas businessman accused of helping a lottery security official to try to claim a rigged $14 million jackpot is out of jail while he fights extradition to Iowa.
Robert Rhodes, 46, of Sugar Land, Texas, left a county jail after posting bond April 9, three weeks after his arrest on two counts of fraud, court records show. He's expected to contest his extradition to Iowa during a May 7 hearing and is under electronic monitoring in the meantime.
Rhodes is denying charges that he worked with ...
Apr 20, 2015, 7:33 am - Lottery News forum
BOMBSHELL: MUSL employee might have rigged Hot Lotto computerized drawing
Lottery Post has been warning of the dangers of computerized drawings for over a decade, and now prosecutors of the mystery Hot Lotto winner from Iowa are looking at the possibility that those warnings have come true.
Prosecutors believe there is evidence indicating a former information-security director for a lottery vendor in Iowa tampered with lottery equipment before buying a Hot Lotto ticket that would go on to win $14.3 million, according to court documents filed Thursday.
The trial ...
Apr 13, 2015, 8:14 am - Lottery News forum
Nine sentenced to federal prison in lottery scam
Nine people were sentenced Thursday to serve federal prison time and pay restitution for a bogus lottery scam that targeted elderly victims across the country, according to the U.S. Attorney for South Carolina Bill Nettles.
In the scam, the victims would be notified that they had won a lottery or sweepstakes, but needed to pay fees or taxes in advance to receive their winnings, according to federal officials.
There were 18 people indicted in the case and three others were sentenced previou ...
Apr 5, 2015, 3:25 pm - Lottery News forum
Texas couple both dead after argument over $500 lottery ticket win
A winning scratch-off lottery ticket worth $500 prompted an argument between a couple in their Fort Worth, Texas, home that ended with both dying of gunshot wounds, officials said on Tuesday.
Fort Worth police said Terry Martin shot his long-time girlfriend, Laurice Hampton, and then shot himself early on Saturday morning in the master bedroom of the house they had shared for several years.
The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's office ruled on Tuesday that Martin had committed suicide and ...
Apr 1, 2015, 7:22 am - Lottery News forum
JUDGE: Florida sex offender allowed to spend $3M lottery winnings
A convicted sex offender can spend his $3 million Florida lottery winnings any way he wants, over the protestations of two of his alleged victims, a judge ruled Friday.
Timothy Poole won the Florida Super Millions scratch-off lottery in December, taking home a lump sum of $2.2 million. (See Florida Lottery winner outed as sexual predator, Lottery Post, Dec. 10, 2014.)
Two brothers are suing Poole for psychological damages after they say he abused them when they were 5 and 9 years old in 19 ...
Feb 15, 2015, 10:37 am - Lottery News forum
Man arraigned in lottery winner's death
It was a cold case that some said might never be solved: An elderly Detroit man, whose family said he'd won $20,000 in a lottery game, was found frozen rock-solid in a vacant house after going missing Dec. 20.
But Detroit police made an arrest just days after finding the body Sunday, Feb. 1, of 86-year-old Arthur Weldon Neal, covered up in the basement of a derelict home in the 15800 block of Mansfield near Fenkell and the Southfield Freeway, in northwest Detroit.
Quanzell Alonzo Hood, 20, ...
Feb 10, 2015, 9:53 am - Lottery News forum
Missing 86-year-old Detroit lottery winner found dead
An 86-year-old Detroit man whose family said he disappeared a day after winning $20,000 in the lottery in December was found stabbed to death in a vacant house, authorities said on Wednesday.
Arthur Neal Jr. was found dead on Sunday afternoon in the 15000 block of Mansfield Street, said Officer Nicole Kirkwood, a Detroit police spokeswoman.
Neal was reported missing on Dec. 28 after disappearing Dec. 20 from his home in the 17200 block of Trinity Street.
(See Elderly Detroit man who rec ...
Feb 4, 2015, 7:26 pm - Lottery News forum
MUSL employee arrested in Hot Lotto jackpot mystery
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation has made an arrest in the four-year-old case involving a winning Hot Lotto ticket worth more than $16 million which the winner mysteriously decided not to claim.
Eddie Raymond Tipton, 51, of Norwalk, was arrested on Thursday. He has been charged with two counts of fraud, which are class D felonies.
Tipton is Director of Information Security for the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL), which is a vendor of the Iowa Lottery. His job prohibits hi ...
Jan 15, 2015, 10:44 pm - Lottery News forum