Lottery scammer who stole thousands from elderly women pleads guilty
Exposed fraud ring defrauded 16 known victims in a two and a half-year conspiracy
By Kate Northrop
A Colombian woman who helped a fraud ring execute lottery scams that systematically targeted grandmothers was found guilty of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
Tuesday, Luisa Camargo, 39, was sentenced to nine months in jail (that she already served) and two years on supervised release. After joining the fraud ring and causing thousands of dollars in losses, she alone will pay $38,069 in re ...
Jun 24, 2020, 7:48 am - Lottery News forum
In reversal, CT Lottery approves $205K settlement in whistleblower case filed by ex-security chief
The Connecticut Lottery Corp. reversed itself Thursday and approved a legal settlement that it had spurned last month with one of its former top officials, who had claimed in a long-running human rights complaint and a lawsuit that he'd suffered retaliation for blowing the whistle on problems at the CLC dating back five years.
In voting 8-2 to pay $205,000 to former lottery security chief Alfred DuPuis, the CLC's board of directors closed the book on one of several lingering legal disputes th ...
Jun 14, 2020, 9:49 am - Lottery News forum
Wisconsin woman receives probation for stealing and cashing $25,000 lottery ticket
Former convenience store clerk gets a total of three years' probation for theft and fraud
By Kate Northrop
Jessica N. Surratt, 32, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin was sentenced on Tuesday to two years of probation after pleading guilty to fraud for cashing a winning ticket worth $25,000.
This is in addition to the one year of probation she was initially handed for the theft of tickets back in 2018.
On June 16, 2018, Surratt stole nine scratch-off lottery tickets from the Portage Market Bask ...
May 28, 2020, 8:32 am - Lottery News forum
$205K settlement reached, then rejected, in CT Lottery whistleblower case
Old disputes die hard at the Connecticut Lottery Corp. Here is the story of one of them.
A bitter legal dispute between the CLC and one of its former top officials was on the verge of being resolved 2 months ago. The opposing parties signed off March 10 on truce terms ranging from a $205,000 settlement price down to the exact wording of a script that would be read to any news reporter who asked about the case.
Signing a sheet of paper outlining the settlement terms were lottery CEO Greg Sm ...
May 22, 2020, 10:51 am - Lottery News forum
Daughter saves Massachusetts man from being victimized in sweepstakes scam
A dream of a lifetime seemed to have come true last week for an elderly Massachusetts man when he received a call from someone who claimed to represent Publisher's Clearing House.
The caller told the elderly Swampscott man he had just won $8.5 million plus a brand new Chevrolet in their national lottery. All he needed to do, the caller told him, was to pay the $45,000 taxes due on the money and the prize would be his.
It didn't occur to the man being scammed that the tax bill on $8.5 milli ...
Mar 19, 2020, 10:36 am - Lottery News forum
Oklahoma tribe says state lottery 'second chance' game violates compacts
Oklahoma's expansion of the lottery and other forms of gaming violates the compacts tribes have with the state, the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes said in a court brief filed Tuesday.
Tribes sued Gov. Kevin Stitt on Dec. 31, alleging the gaming compacts automatically renewed. A federal judge has ordered mediation over whether the compacts expired Jan. 1, as Stitt believes, and that continued operation of Class III gaming is now illegal.
The governor is seeking to increase the exclusivity fe ...
Mar 18, 2020, 8:26 pm - Lottery News forum
Michigan Lottery has few options to stop players who spend millions
In June 2017, Viktor Gjonaj walked into a sleepy retail strip on Dequindre Road in Sterling Heights.
He wasn't heading for the massage parlor, or the small Indian and Pakistani grocery store or restaurant or the hair salon. Instead, he went into the Michigan Lottery claim center at the northern edge of Sherwood Plaza.
There, he showed his driver's license and Social Security card, completed a claim form, and left $2.5 million richer with a check cut to him as the prize for the 500 winning ...
Mar 9, 2020, 9:23 am - Lottery News forum
S.C. man loses more than $140K to 'you've won the lottery' scam
Includes video report
Deputies say a man lost more than $140,000 to a lottery scam in York County, South Carolina.
The resident was scammed out of $143,500 via the common you've won the lottery scam.
In this case, deputies say two suspects a Ben Washington and Shirley Marsh informed the victim he had won $2.8 million.
Shirley reportedly told the victim to send $3,500 to an address in Emporia, Kansas to be able to receive the money.
After that money was sent, deputies say the scam ...
Feb 28, 2020, 10:31 am - Lottery News forum
Pa. store clerk accused of stealing over $17K worth of lottery tickets
Police in Meyersdale, Pennsylvania, say a woman stole more than $17,000 worth of lottery tickets from a Sheetz store where she worked.
According to a criminal complaint, 37-year-old Cheryl Delawder was confronted by her manager after she was seen on video taking tickets from the lottery machines.
Police say during an interview, Delawder admitted to police to stealing the tickets and cashing them out at different locations. According to the complaint, Delawder told police she had been steal ...
Feb 27, 2020, 5:00 am - Lottery News forum
California man pleads guilty to Latina grandmothers lottery scam
A Los Angeles man pleaded guilty Monday to a federal charge for targeting Latina grandmothers in Long Beach and throughout Southern California in a scam involving a fake winning lottery ticket.
Tito Lozada, 50, faces sentencing May 11 on a single count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.
Two of three additional defendants previously pleaded guilty to the same charge and are awaiting sentencing in Los Angeles federal court.
Feb 25, 2020, 1:39 pm - Lottery News forum