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
Jamaican lottery scams spread despite US crackdown
The 88-year-old retired Coast Guard officer hadn't been outside the U.S. in decades. Yet phone calls started pouring in from Jamaica, dangling the prospects of huge winnings from an international lottery that he had won.
There was a catch, of course. He had to send a check to pay the tax on his winnings. He wired the money to Jamaica. Soon he was ensnared in a scam that may cost him his home in an assisted living facility outside Seattle.
It's been heartbreaking, said Ruth Wilson, a Seatt ...
Apr 19, 2012, 11:43 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner who kept cashing welfare checks charged with fraud
A Michigan lottery winner was charged with fraud Tuesday for collecting food stamps and public health insurance despite pocketing a $735,000 jackpot.
Amanda Clayton, 25, was silent during a brief court hearing after spending a night in jail. A not-guilty plea was entered, and her lawyer vowed to fight the charges.
Clayton is the second person in Michigan caught with food stamps despite newly minted wealth. Gov. Rick Snyder last week signed a law requiring the lottery to notify the Human Se ...
Apr 17, 2012, 7:14 pm - Lottery News forum
NY lottery winner charged with welfare fraud
Apparently one New York resident thinks getting $1,000 a week for life is not enough, and the taxpayers should give him more.
A western New York lottery winner has been accused of improperly receiving more than $4,000 in public assistance.
The Orleans County sheriff's office says 51-year-old Anthony Palermo of Albion began receiving $1,000 a week in 1998 after winning the Win for Life scratch-off lottery game. Police said Thursday that Palermo applied for and began receiving Medicaid and h ...
Apr 13, 2012, 4:37 pm - Lottery News forum
N.Y. man lost $100,000 in lottery scam
A Saratoga County, New York, man may have lost more than $100,000 in an international email-based scheme that used fraudulent IRS forms to dupe victims into believing they'd won a multi-million dollar lottery but needed to pay fees to collect their winnings.
A 14-month investigation by the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration uncovered a trail of email and bank accounts that led to European suspects who had obtained credit card and bank account information for an unknown num ...
Apr 5, 2012, 11:24 am - Lottery News forum