Internet poker owner handed 14-month prison term
An owner of Absolute Poker, one of the three largest Internet poker companies, was sentenced to 14 months in prison on Monday after admitting to deceiving banks over the processing of gambling proceeds.
Brent Beckley, 32, joined Costa Rica-based Absolute Poker in 2003 and became its head of payment processing. Last December, he pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court to conspiring to break U.S. laws against gambling on the Internet. He also pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit ...
Jul 23, 2012, 9:23 pm - Lottery News forum
12 arrested in conspiracy to rig Mexico lottery drawing
Twelve people, including four public employees, are accused of attempting to embezzle 160 million pesos ($12.1 million) from Mexico's national lottery, authorities said.
Around $8 million of the money has been recovered, the Attorney General's Office and several other federal agencies said in a joint statement.
The announcement followed a front-page story in capital daily Reforma that revealed some details of the scheme to rig the Jan. 22 drawing.
Four directors of state-owned lottery a ...
Jul 20, 2012, 9:12 am - Lottery News forum
Court: Police can collect $1M lottery prize
The police in Medford, Oregon, can collect much of a $1 million prize from the Oregon Lottery that came from a scratch ticket bought with a dead woman's credit card, Oregon's appeals court has ruled.
Oregon allows police to keep money seized in criminal activity. The winnings were awarded to the police when Christina Elizabeth Goodenow, 45, pleaded no contest to using the card that belonged to her boyfriend's mother said.
For starters, Chief Tim George said, the windfall will be used to ex ...
Jul 13, 2012, 10:45 am - Lottery News forum
N.C. man charged with stealing $1M lottery ticket
By Todd Northrop
Less than two weeks after a North Carolina community college student smiled for the cameras and cashed in on a winning $1 million lotto ticket, police say it wasn't hers to claim.
It's honestly just luck, Mikala Fields said as she accepted her prize July 2. You actually can win.
But luck had nothing to do with it, according to a North Carolina Education Lottery investigation. The Lottery accused Fields of conspiring with her husband, Sean Mewherter, who works at the l ...
Jul 12, 2012, 11:24 am - Lottery News forum
CEO of poker site Full Tilt arrested
The chief executive of Full Tilt Poker, the beleaguered one-time Web poker giant, was arrested Monday on a plane that had just landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport as the government unveiled new criminal charges against him related to an alleged Ponzi scheme.
Ray Bitar, 40 years old, is the most significant person yet to turn himself into the Justice Department's 15-month-long effort to prosecute the three one-time leading online poker companies in the U.S. He pleaded not guilty in ...
Jul 3, 2012, 11:21 am - Lottery News forum
Minn. store clerk accused of "micro-scratching" lottery tickets
What began as a complaint from a lottery customer about the loss of $15 led to an undercover operation and eventually the arrest of a store clerk for lottery fraud.
A man told the Minnesota State Lottery he'd bought a scratch ticket at the Casablanca Market in Hopkins. He scratched it and found he'd won $15.
But, when he took the ticket to the Lottery booth at the Minnesota State Fair, he was told the ticket had already been redeemed.
Lottery Security checked the records they had from C ...
Jun 26, 2012, 8:54 am - Lottery News forum
California lottery winner arrested
A Linda, California, man who made headlines earlier this year when his $5 lotto scratch card turned out to be worth $2 million used some of his winnings to post bail on Sunday.
John Ross Jr. hit the jackpot in February and was arrested Sunday on suspicion of receiving stolen property, a felony, the Yuba County Sheriff's Department confirmed.
Deputies said Ross helped Skila Ann Hickman hide and fix a stolen Honda sedan.
Detectives determined that Ross played a role in assisting Hickman g ...
Jun 12, 2012, 10:01 am - Lottery News forum
Mass. lottery winners face charges in welfare fraud
Two big time lottery winners are facing arraignment on fraud charges Thursday after the state auditor found that they collected welfare benefits during the same period that they won hundreds of thousands of dollars from the lottery.
James T. Casey Jr. of Waltham did not tell welfare officials that he has won more than $700,000 since 2009, Auditor Suzanne Bump found, a period in which Caset has collected $12,157 in MassHealth benefits and $1,553 in food stamps. Casey, who had just been release ...
May 31, 2012, 6:46 pm - Lottery News forum
8 lottery scam suspects arrested in Jamaica
Eight people accused of defrauding U.S. citizens through a multinational lottery scam were arrested during raids of several homes on a single street in Jamaica's capital, police announced Thursday.
A police statement said officers detained six males and two females during the Wednesday night operation in Havendale, a middle-class community at the foot of the mountains that tower above Kingston. They also seized nearly $150,000 in cash, jewelry, eight flat-screen television sets and five cars, ...
May 21, 2012, 10:42 am - Lottery News forum
Woman arrested for trying to fake jackpot winning lottery ticket
Note to anyone thinking of gaming the state lottery: it never works.
An Elgin, Illinois, woman tried to cash in on the record $656 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot with a ticket she bought online eight minutes after the winning numbers were drawn, officials said today.
Leandria Williams, 28, was initially charged with wire fraud last week for falsifying documents. She has now been charged with attempted theft and forgery, according to the Cook County sheriff's office.
An investigat ...
May 1, 2012, 3:40 pm - Lottery News forum