How a lottery jackpot winner became a bank robber
A man who once won millions of dollars in the California Lottery pleaded guilty Thursday in downtown Los Angeles to four counts of bank robbery.
On Thursday, James Allen Hayes, a security guard turned overnight millionaire, stood in a Los Angeles courtroom and pleaded guilty to committing a series of bank robberies. Hayes, 55, faces up to 80 years behind bars, with sentencing set for June 7 before U.S. District Judge Fernando M. Olguin.
Hayes admitted to being the serial bank robber known ...
Mar 17, 2018, 9:19 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery scammer rigged more drawings than first thought, records show
The computer program that a former lottery security official used to rig drawings worth millions of dollars in Iowa and other states was more expansive than investigators first discovered, court records filed last week show.
Eddie Tipton, a former employee of the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) in Clive, wrote the code to allow him to predict the randomly drawn numbers of multimillion-dollar jackpots in as many as 17 states and claim the cash prizes.
The code remained active and und ...
Feb 19, 2018, 6:03 pm - Lottery News forum
Three Ohio Lottery Commission workers fired after theft accusations
Three Ohio Lottery Commission workers lost their jobs last week after a watchdog agency accused them of stealing nearly $3,000 in goods that belonged to the state from a Cleveland warehouse.
Scott Kronik, Walter Liszniansky and Jeffrey Chapman were fired on Friday, lottery spokeswoman Danielle Frizzi Babb said.
All three are scheduled to appear Feb. 28 at pre-trial hearings at Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, court records say.
A grand jury on Dec. 21 handed up felony theft in offic ...
Jan 29, 2018, 4:45 pm - Lottery News forum
New Jersey store clerk accused of stealing $1M lottery ticket
A New Jersey convenience store worker stole a customer's $1 million-winning lottery ticket and tried to pass it off as his own, authorities say.
Rayhan Sorwar, 36, who worked at an Edison convenience store, has been charged with theft of moveable property over $75,000, a second-degree crime; conspiracy to commit money laundering; and attempted money laundering, both first-degree crimes, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey.
He was charged during a joint investigation by ...
Jan 26, 2018, 6:43 pm - Lottery News forum
Store clerk busted trying to scam undercover lottery investigator
Do you trust your store clerk with your lottery ticket?
Maybe you've won a few hundred bucks or more. Will the employee tell you or pocket the ticket while telling you it's a loser?
That happened this week at a Fort Myers store, according to the Lee County Sheriff's Office. A Winn-Dixie Liquors employee is accused of keeping a customer's $600 winning ticket and paying him only 5 bucks.
Crystelle Yvette Baton was charged with larceny grand theft on Monday.
Baton, 42, was caught becaus ...
Jan 24, 2018, 12:55 pm - Lottery News forum
Brothers admit guilt in lottery scam
Two siblings from Maryland who convinced multiple local residents to pay taxes and fees in advance of collecting on nonexistent lottery winnings entered guilty pleas Thursday in federal court.
Daniel Archer, 29, and Matthew Archer, 28, each pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Bowling Green to 20 counts of wire fraud.
The two men accepted plea agreements in which they will pay $728,442.18 in restitution.
Each count of wire fraud carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, but ...
Jan 19, 2018, 3:06 pm - Lottery News forum
2 more suspects plead guilty in $5.7M Jamaican lottery scam
Two more suspects have pleaded guilty in a Jamaican lottery scam that authorities say bilked at least 90 Americans out of more than $5.7 million.
O'Neil Brown and Dahlia Hunter earlier reached plea deals with prosecutors. They pleaded guilty to conspiracy in separate hearings this week. The government dropped dozens of fraud and money laundering counts.
Seven other defendants have pleaded guilty in recent months, including Hunter's son, Lavrick Willocks, who authorities say masterminded th ...
Dec 8, 2017, 9:57 pm - Lottery News forum
Jamaican court goes easy on lottery scammers
There are reports of disquiet among Jamaican law enforcement officials over news that 15 men who pleaded guilty to lottery scam-related charges in the Hanover Circuit Court were sentenced to fines totaling $367,000.
According to information obtained by The Gleaner-Power106 news centre, the men all pleaded guilty to possession of identity information on November 23rd and 24th.
The reports indicate that seven were fined $30,000; five were fined $20,000 while two were fined $25,000.
The ot ...
Dec 4, 2017, 8:27 am - Lottery News forum
Michigan Lottery cracks down on retailers who cheat customers
When a customer brought a Keno ticket to Nick's Party Stop in Clinton Township, retailer Don Kallo ran the ticket through his lottery terminal, declared it a loser and tore it in half.
Kallo, the spouse of store operator Linda Kallo, then took the torn ticket a $2,517 winner to the Michigan Lottery Bureau to redeem it.
Suspicious lottery officials investigated and learned Kallo hadn't purchased the ticket, as he claimed, records show.
It was determined the ticket had been purchased by ...
Nov 17, 2017, 2:23 pm - Lottery News forum
Store clerks seen on camera stealing lottery tickets
Includes video report
Two former store clerks are in hot water after surveillance video captured them stealing tens of thousands of dollars worth of scratch-off lottery tickets for months.
Former store clerk Reagan Santana Richardson is set to be sentenced Friday in Fayette County for her involvement in the theft of scratch-off lottery tickets at Miller's Discount Tobacco store in Connersville, Indiana, located at 704 Eastern Avenue.
Richardson has been offered a plea deal that will not ...
Nov 14, 2017, 8:12 am - Lottery News forum