Feds seize gambling site Bodog, indict founder
The sports gambling site Bodog was shut down and four Canadians indicted, including founder Calvin Ayre, for illegal gambling that generated more than $100 million in winnings, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday.
The website's domain name was seized Monday and the indictments, which were returned Feb. 22, were unveiled Tuesday in Baltimore, prosecutors said.
The indictments follow federal prosecutions last year of three of the biggest websites involved in online poker. More than 75 comp ...
Feb 29, 2012, 7:19 am - Lottery News forum
Starving horses found on lottery winner's ranch
Eight malnourished horses were found on a 40-acre ranch northeast of Sanger that is owned by a couple who a decade ago won a $40 million California Lottery jackpot.
On Wednesday, Fresno County Sheriff's deputies arrested the owner of the horses, Jose Francisco Romo, 47. He was booked into the Fresno County Jail on felony animal cruelty charges. He was released from jail on a $40,000 bond Wednesday night. Bail was listed at $40,000.
There were 11 horses total, and Romo signed over ownership ...
Feb 17, 2012, 8:54 am - Lottery News forum
Lotto tickets bought with bags of coins lead to bust in massive Metro theft
A long-running scam to steal thousands of Metro riders' fares unraveled this week after a man in a police uniform driving a Jaguar bought thousands of Virginia lottery tickets with bags and bags of apparently stolen coins.
A tip about the odd purchases led authorities to an extensive investigation involving GPS-tracked cars, surveillance videos from Woodbridge gas stations and money drops by an Alexandria underpass.
Now two Metro veterans, Horace Dexter McDade, 58, of Bowie, and John Vince ...
Jan 20, 2012, 7:55 am - Lottery News forum
Mich. lottery winner burns through money, gets jail time for drugs
A Williams Township, Michigan, lottery winner will be spending about the next month and a half behind bars for illegally possessing a prescription painkiller.
Isabella County Trial Court Judge Mark H. Duthie on Thursday sentenced Leroy N. Fick, 59, to 45 days in jail with credit for three days served. Upon release, he will serve one year of probation and must also pay several court fines and costs.
Fick was late in appearing for the 2 p.m. hearing in Duthie's courtroom and had to be picked ...
Jan 14, 2012, 1:09 pm - Lottery News forum
3 men accused of scamming lottery winner out of $3M
Three men are accused of scamming a $3 million New York lottery winner out of his fortune by convincing him he would face deportation if he tried to collect his prize, according to Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe.
Atif Ali, 28, of Spring Valley, Riaz Khan, 45, of Monroe, and Mubeen Ashraf, 23, of Monroe are charged with first-degree grand larceny.
The scam, Zugibe said, started on Feb. 3, at 11:30 p.m., when the victim bought New York State Lottery tickets at a convenien ...
Sep 2, 2011, 9:50 am - Lottery News forum
Lotto winner shot by deputies wins settlement
Includes video report
The Seminole County Sheriff's Office will pay a $3.2 million settlement to a Florida Lottery winner who was shot in his own back yard.
Deputies said they thought Robert Swofford Jr. was a burglar when they opened fire on him in April 2006.
Swofford, who won $60 million in the Florida Lotto, was shot four times.
He filed a lawsuit in 2007, claiming the sheriff's office failed to properly train its deputies.
Lawyers decided to settle the lawsuit last week.
Sep 1, 2011, 7:46 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner busted on pot charge
A Massachusetts man riding high after winning $500 in the lottery jumped onto the roof of a car to celebrate, only to be brought back to earth by police, who busted him for property damage and possession of marijuana, officials said.
Cops arrested Joseph Taglieri, 31, outside of his apartment on Prince Street in Boston yesterday, after watching him scream YEEESSSS!!!!! and leap onto a nearby 1994 Toyota Camry, denting the roof, according to the Suffolk District Attorney's Office.
I was ha ...
Jul 22, 2011, 5:10 pm - Lottery News forum
Kentucky store clerks indicted for lottery fraud
Perps exposed by security integrity testing program
A grand jury in Louisville, Kentucky, has handed down indictments against four individuals charged with state lottery fraud. One of the four is also charged with providing false information to state lottery investigators.
The Kentucky Lottery Corporation's (KLC's) security department launched an Integrity Testing Program in March of this year. The program's goal was to determine if store clerks were following procedures for cashing winnin ...
Jul 1, 2011, 9:55 am - Lottery News forum
Store owner killed for $3 of lottery tickets
Felony murder charges have been filed against a man accused in the dragging death of a northern New Jersey gas station owner, who authorities say was killed over the alleged theft of a few dollars worth of lottery tickets.
Bail was set Sunday at $750,000 for 34-year-old Ronnie Fedo of Lake Hopatcong. He's also charged with aggravated manslaughter, death by auto, leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and robbery in connection with Saturday afternoon's incident in Jefferson Townsh ...
Jun 27, 2011, 8:50 am - Lottery News forum
Ark. lottery winner busted for drug trafficking
Includes video report
A past $100,000 winner of Arkansas' lottery was indicted today for allegedly being the kingpin of a major crystal methamphetamine operation.
A federal grand jury returned an 18-count indictment against Daniel Dano Henry Jr. of Austin and 19 others, capping a five-year investigation that was dubbed Operation Big Winner last fall after Henry claimed a $100,000 lottery prize on Sept. 24.
The organization that prosecutors allege Henry led dealt 5 to 10 pounds of crysta ...
Jun 15, 2011, 8:50 am - Lottery News forum