Florida shopkeeper accused of taking tourist's lottery winnings
Naji Farah thought it was his lucky day: a $5,000 lottery prize.
The only problem, police say, the lottery ticket wasn't his.
The Miami Beach market owner is accused of scamming the rightful owner, telling the man the ticket was worth $600 and pocketing the rest.
Police arrested Farah, 45, this week on a charge of felony grand theft. And Florida lottery officials have suspended his store's license while the criminal charges are pending.
Miami Beach police say Farah took advantage of ...
Dec 10, 2010, 7:11 am - Lottery News forum
Mobster caught by tracing lottery ticket
A notorious Italian mobster who dodged justice for 20 years was reportedly finally under lock and key overnight after he was traced via a lottery ticket.
Convicted double killer Riccardo Piras went on the run in the late 1980s before he could be locked up for life for the brutal murders of two drug dealers.
One victim's corpse was reportedly dissolved in acid, while the other was tossed on a garbage dump as a chilling warning to rival gangs.
Piras, 59, evaded capture for two decades but ...
Dec 9, 2010, 7:33 am - Lottery News forum
Nigerian lottery scammer sentenced to 14 years
A Nigerian man who swindled three Californians out of more than $400,000 by demanding tax on bogus foreign lottery winnings was sentenced Tuesday to 14 years in federal prison. The people who typically fall for such scams are older, sometimes people who have dementia and are lonely and need someone to talk to, an assistant U.S. attorney said.
One of Emmanuel I. Onwuzulike's victims, a San Fernando Valley woman, lost her home after she paid more than $368,000 for a phony tax on what she though ...
Dec 2, 2010, 6:33 am - Lottery News forum
Photos, evidence released in case of murdered Florida lottery winner
Gruesome photos of the mummified body of a slain Florida lottery winner are among mountains of evidence released this week by the Hillsborough County State Attorney's office.
More than 20 discs containing photos, videos and other documents were released in the case against Dorice DeeDee Moore, who is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Abraham Shakespeare of Lakeland.
Moore was indicted by a grand jury in March after Shakespeare's body was discovered last January. The remains ...
Nov 25, 2010, 8:25 am - Lottery News forum
Former W.V. Lottery inspector admits lying to feds
A former inspector with the West Virginia Lottery Commission admitted Wednesday that she lied to investigators about taking money from a former state delegate who ran an illegal gambling ring in West Virginia and Kentucky.
Carolyn A. Kitchen, 55, of Chapmanville, admitted that she lied to investigators with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service when they questioned her about her involvement with Joe C. Ferrell in February 2008.
Among other things, they asked ...
Nov 17, 2010, 10:45 pm - Lottery News forum
Con artists target N.J. seniors in lottery scam
The first call came in December.
How are you? How's your day? We have a wonderful thing to tell you, a 65-year-old Ocean County woman said of her first telephone conversation with the Jamaican-sounding strangers.
They said I had won an award, the woman said. (The prizes) ranged from $1.5 million to over $5.5 million.
The callers told her she had to send them money to purchase stamps so that her prize could be delivered. She sent the money, but then she got more phone calls with vario ...
Nov 7, 2010, 9:55 am - Lottery News forum
Florida woman accused of running personal lottery
A mother who solicited her neighbors for cash with the promise of a $500 prize was arrested Saturday and charged with leading an illegal lottery, authorities said.
Tina Marie Bell, 47, had her daughter fill mailboxes with letters asking residents to send $5 entrance fees for a chance at the winnings, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report. All money was to be sent to Bell's home on Rainbow Lane.
A neighbor asked the Sheriff's Office if the lottery was a scam, and a deputy resp ...
Nov 2, 2010, 8:31 am - Lottery News forum
Once a victim, retiree allegedly joined scammers to bilk others
Authorities allege that Thomas Murphy, 68, became a mule for an overseas ring that took in $800,000
They preyed on the elderly often by trolling obituaries for new widows or widowers and enticed them into believing they'd won a lottery but needed to pay the tax on their winnings to claim them.
Thomas Murphy, 68, a retired principal, teacher and coach from Henderson, Minn., started as a victim. Then, police say, he joined the scam in a failed attempt to try to recoup his losses.
Oct 20, 2010, 8:39 am - Lottery News forum
Couple, son charged in Detroit illegal lottery
They went searching for drugs, but discovered a major gambling operation instead.
A federal judge in Detroit today unsealed a criminal complaint detailing a large-scale, multi-state gambling operation allegedly run by an elderly Detroit couple that for decades has operated out of coney island restaurants, storefronts and homes in the Detroit area.
According to the complaint, federal agents stumbled upon the gambling operation in 2007 when they went to execute a search warrant at a Farmingt ...
Oct 13, 2010, 9:22 pm - Lottery News forum
N.Y. man pleads guilty to stealing to feed his lottery habit
His unlucky numbers turned out to be 5 and 15.
A compulsive lottery player pleaded guilty today to stealing $2.3 million from condo and co-op buildings he managed in Manhattan to feed his love of randomly drawn ping-pong balls.
Richard Bassik, 67, will be sentenced to 5 to 15 years behind bars after accepting a deal that could keep him locked up until death. With time already served, Bassik's best hope for freedom won't come until early 2015.
I hope when he gets out, it'll be on his ow ...
Sep 17, 2010, 8:00 am - Lottery News forum