Postal worker helps bust lottery scam
Foreign lottery schemes may be fleecing Americans out of as much as a billion dollars every year. The problem is so vast, congress is hearing testimony on the matter.
Often suspects are overseas, and that's a challenge for law enforcement. But here's a case where a perceptive postal employee helped bring a suspect to justice right here in the United States.
Something is not right here. Why are you getting all these Express Mail packages from all over the US?
Mary Santiago asked the ri ...
Jun 17, 2013, 11:33 am - Lottery News forum
N.Y. store clerk accused of stealing lottery tickets
A Glen Head, New York, convenience store clerk stole about $64,000 in scratch-off lottery tickets from the business over a three-month period, Nassau County police said Tuesday.
Donna King, 48, of 26 Clement St., Glen Cove, faces a charge of second-degree grand larceny and was arraigned Tuesday at First District Court in Hempstead, where bail was set at $2,500 bond or $1,250 cash, records show. She's due back in court Thursday.
From February through May, King worked at the counter of the S ...
May 29, 2013, 7:54 am - Lottery News forum
Three NY store clerks held in theft of $75,000 lottery ticket
He was a Guatemalan immigrant who spoke little English and had a fondness for scratch-off lottery tickets; they were two clerks at a Long Island gas station who saw an opportunity.
When the clerks scanned Marvin Choy Nij's Take 5 lottery ticket and gave him $774, congratulating him on his windfall, he never suspected the real worth of his lucky ticket: $74,892, which the clerks, Yalcin Nergiz, 41, and Yunis Ozturk, 33, promptly cashed in for themselves, the Suffolk County district attorney, T ...
May 8, 2013, 10:33 pm - Lottery News forum
Iowa woman tries to cash stolen lottery tickets
A Des Moines, Iowa, woman tried to cash voided Iowa Lottery tickets she stole while working at a company hired to shred old tickets, police said.
Chandi Kelly Ramirez, 38, was charged with forgery of a lottery ticket.
Ramirez worked at International Paper, which has a document destruction and recycling division in Des Moines, police reports show.
An Iowa Lottery employee told police International Paper employees picked up a large quantity of lottery tickets from their warehouse on March ...
Apr 19, 2013, 9:45 am - Lottery News forum
Former MD Lottery employee charged with theft of lottery tickets
Claimed $67,000 in winnings before he was caught
A former Maryland Lottery official has been indicted for stealing tickets and collecting tens of thousands of dollars from the winnings, officials said on Thursday.
Mark Barron Hantski, 59, of Lothian, a former Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency employee, collected $67,000 in winnings after stealing tickets from the Maryland Lottery, officials said in a news release.
Officials say that the Grand Jury for Anne Arundel County formal ...
Apr 19, 2013, 9:33 am - Lottery News forum
Judge throws out some charges against lottery-thieving brothers
An Onondaga County Court judge who dismissed attempted grand larceny charges against two brothers accused of stealing a winning $5 million lottery ticket in 2006 ruled the crime was beyond the statute of limitations.
Judge Joseph Fahey upheld other charges brought against Andy Ashkar, 34, and Nayel Ashkar, 36, who are accused of taking a scratch-off lottery ticket from a customer at their father's convenience store on Oct. 27, 2006.
Prosecutors contended that because the brothers waited to ...
Apr 16, 2013, 7:35 am - Lottery News forum
UK shopkeeper guilty of lottery fraud
A shopkeeper from Gravesend, a town in northwest Kent, England, has been found guilty of trying to con a lottery syndicate [pool] out of nearly 80,000 (US$120,000) in winnings.
Imran Pervais, 26, misled the winning group into thinking they had won 10 when in fact they had scooped 79,887 after matching five balls and the bonus ball.
He was convicted by a jury at Maidstone crown court of fraud by false representation following a two-day trial and he will be sentenced at a later date.
Apr 4, 2013, 5:02 am - Lottery News forum
$338 million NJ Powerball winner a deadbeat dad?
Authorities say a New Jersey man who won the $338 million Powerball jackpot on Monday is subject to potential arrest for owing about $29,000 in child support.
Pedro Quezada, 44, claimed a lump-sum payment worth $221 million, or about $152 million after taxes, the fourth-largest jackpot in Powerball history. He said Tuesday that he hasn't made up his mind on what to do with the money, but he could use a good car and give back to his community and help those in need.
(See N.J. man claims $3 ...
Mar 29, 2013, 8:28 pm - Lottery News forum
Former SC lottery employee accused of embezzling more than $200,000
A former employee of the South Carolina Education Lottery has been indicted by a Richland County grand jury on charges he embezzled more than $200,000 from the lottery, according to Attorney General Alan Wilson.
Specifically, Anthony J. McNeil, 55, was indicted on one count of embezzlement of public funds over $10,000. It is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine.
The indictment alleges that between April 2010 and August 2012, McNeil while working in the lottery's finan ...
Mar 20, 2013, 8:24 am - Lottery News forum
Autopsy reveals little about Illinois lottery winner death
An autopsy on the exhumed body of an Indian-born lottery winner in the U.S. who was poisoned with cyanide yielded no significant new clues about his death, a medical examiner said Friday.
No cyanide was found in Urooj Khan's body tissue but that was most likely because cyanide breaks down quickly, Cook County medical examiner Stephen Cina said. He said nothing significant was found in Khan's stomach.
Cina says Khan's death is still considered a homicide because tests on fluids drawn from h ...
Mar 1, 2013, 2:06 pm - Lottery News forum