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Lottery scammers steal $1.2 million from one victim
Crook receives six years in prison for crimes of conspiracy and fraud By Kate Northrop After stealing over $1 million from one single victim, the leader of a ring of Jamaican scam artists was sentenced Friday to almost six years in prison. Like any typical scammer, Stieve Fernandez, 35, spent his time deceiving vulnerable individuals and robbing elderly targets of their life savings as part of a high-functioning underground network of lottery fraudsters. Fernandez was said to h ...
Jul 12, 2021, 12:45 pm - Lottery News forum

Loto-Québec IT technician accused of stealing thousands from customer accounts
By Kate Northrop After a year-long investigation, a former employee at Loto-Qu bec was accused of embezzling thousands of dollars from customer accounts that were supposedly inactive. Martin Raymond, 37, a former systems analyst who worked at an online gambling call center at Loto-Qu bec, was accused Wednesday of stealing funds from customer accounts he deemed inactive. He stole over $20,000 (US$16,000) from about 30 customer gaming accounts in over a few months between the winter and s ...
Jul 10, 2021, 2:50 pm - Lottery News forum

Florida man steals lottery tickets, returns in a different outfit for more
Thief presses his luck twice Includes video report By Kate Northrop A Florida man committed two thefts within the same night, stealing scratch-off lottery tickets out of a case and returning to the convenience store for more in a different outfit. A thief thought he was being crafty when he stole from the same store twice in two separate outfits. On Monday, surveillance video footage inside a Gulf Coast convenience store in Fort Myers captured an unnamed man entering the building ...
Jun 17, 2021, 12:09 pm - Lottery News forum

Thief steals handbag with winning €125,000 lottery ticket inside
Caught after making a big purchase By Kate Northrop A thief who stole a purse with a winning lottery ticket worth 125,000 (US$152,000) inside has finally been caught after he used the money to buy a house. On May 31, the Guardia Civil, law enforcement in Spain, arrested an unnamed 52-year-old man at the house he bought in Valencia with the winnings he stole. The theft took place on Dec. 19, 2020. Video surveillance footage in a restaurant shows the man walking past a woman seated at ...
Jun 14, 2021, 12:45 pm - Lottery News forum

NJ man admits running illegal "Pick 6" lottery, evades $65,000 in taxes
Illegal gambling business took in $250,000 By Kate Northrop A man from Ocean County, New Jersey pleaded guilty to operating an illegal lottery on Tuesday after having drawn in $250,000 in cash proceeds from the scheme. Edward O'Neill, 54, of Beachwood appeared before U.S. District Judge Brian R. Martinotti via videoconference and pleaded guilty to charges against him, including one count of managing an illegal gambling business and one count of subscribing to a false tax return. Acco ...
Apr 22, 2021, 2:55 pm - Lottery News forum

Pennsylvania man arrested after using scissors and glue to make winning lottery tickets
The cut-and-paste con was caught By Kate Northrop Police arrested and jailed a Pennsylvania man on Tuesday after he was caught altering scratch-off lottery tickets to look like winners using scissors and a glue stick. Craig Marshall Stout, 45, of Jeannette tried cashing in his DIY lottery tickets at a 7-Eleven convenience store on Fosterville Road in Hempfield but failed to get away with it this time. His cut-and-paste methods had initially worked. Stout brought in three other fake t ...
Apr 7, 2021, 9:01 pm - Lottery News forum

Iowa man accused of lottery fraud for cashing ticket on friend's behalf
Friend of lottery winner pleads not guilty By Kate Northrop An associate of a lottery winner pleaded not guilty to lottery fraud after being accused of falsely cashing in a $50,000 winning scratch-off ticket. The Fort Dodge man was charged with one count of lottery fraud, a Class D felony classified as forgery or theft of a ticket, for turning in a winning lottery ticket that reportedly did not belong to him. Skyler Sturgis Hay, 29, allegedly committed the offense in 2018 when he vis ...
Mar 31, 2021, 2:14 pm - Lottery News forum

Britain's youngest lottery winner banned from driving after drug-fueled car crash
Callie Rogers scuffled with officers while high on cocaine By Kate Northrop A lottery winner infamous for frittering away her 1.9 million (US$3 million) fortune on drugs, partying, and luxury items was recently involved in a car crash and a police chase that resulted in the loss of her license. Callie Rogers, who was 16 when she matched all six numbers to become Britain's youngest lottery winner, is infamous for blowing through all of her winnings on expensive properties, plastic surger ...
Mar 29, 2021, 6:13 pm - Lottery News forum

South Carolina store owner who sold $1.5 billion Mega Millions ticket is arrested
Retailer re-enters the spotlight after skirting thousands in tax evasion By Kate Northrop The South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR) announced on Saturday that the store owner who sold the winning ticket for the $1.537 billion Mega Millions jackpot in 2018 has been arrested and charged with five counts of tax evasion. Chirag Jayanti Patel, 49, was found to have underreported $2.04 million in sales while operating KCP, Inc. under the KC Mart convenience store business in Greenville ...
Mar 15, 2021, 4:11 pm - Lottery News forum

New Jersey scammer defrauds 3 elderly women of $675,000
Lotteries urge players to be wary of the telltale signs you are being scammed By Kate Northrop A scammer from New Jersey tricked three elderly women across the country into sending her over $675,000 by convincing them that they owed prepaid taxes as a prerequisite for claiming a prize that didn't exist. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office for New Jersey, Shanile Lyle, 27, of Orange was charged on Monday with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud after wrongly convincing her v ...
Dec 4, 2020, 2:39 pm - Lottery News forum

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