Lottery investigator testifies she urged illegal immigrant to keep, sign $3M ticket
Testimony continued on Friday in a trial over a $3 million New York lottery ticket.
(See Opening statements in $3M NY lottery ticket trial, Lottery Post, Sep. 20, 2012.)
A New York State Lottery Commission investigator testified Friday that she urged an illegal immigrant living in Spring Valley to keep his signature on a $3 million scratch-off ticket rather than let someone else take ownership.
When Elfido DeLaRoca, 45, of Spring Valley came back to her five months later in July 2011 sa ...
Sep 29, 2012, 8:46 am - Lottery News forum
Pa. man pleads guilty in bizarre lottery tax case
A 70-year-old Pennsylvania man faces up to a year and half in prison for having more than 40 people cash in lottery tickets worth $520,000 so he could avoid paying federal income tax on the winnings.
Sherman Friend, of McClellandtown, faces a sentence of 12 to 18 months in federal prison when he is sentenced Feb. 15 on the tax evasion charge he pleaded guilty to Friday before U.S. District Judge Arthur Schwab in Pittsburgh.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Nelson Cohen said Friend won big when he b ...
Sep 28, 2012, 12:45 pm - Lottery News forum
Opening statements in $3M NY lottery ticket trial
A Rockland prosecutor today told a jury that an illegal immigrant's $3 million lottery dream was foiled by three conspiring men, while their lawyers contended the Spring Valley man created a nightmare for their clients with falsehoods to back out of contracts to share the winnings.
The jury listened to opening statements at the start of a trial for Hickory Street store clerk Atif Ali, 28, of Spring Valley, store owner Riaz Khan, 45, and Mubeen Ashraf, 23, both of Monroe.
They are charged w ...
Sep 20, 2012, 10:12 am - Lottery News forum
New Jersey casino suing gamblers who won $1.5 million
Blames unshuffled decks of cards
A New Jersey casino has sued a group of gamblers who won $1.5 million after they allegedly realized the eight decks of cards used in a game of mini baccarat were not preshuffled.
The Golden Nugget in Atlantic City, N.J., filed suit against the gamblers and playing card company Gemaco after 14 players collectively won $1,536,700 in 41 winning hands.
As the same sequence of cards kept appearing April 30, the players increased their bets from $10 to $5,000, ...
Aug 22, 2012, 2:49 pm - Lottery News forum
Online poker sites settle U.S. lawsuit for $731 million
The Department of Justice announced a $731 million settlement Tuesday with online poker companies PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker to resolve bank fraud and money laundering allegations.
Full Tilt also resolved allegations that it operated a Ponzi scheme, failing to maintain sufficient funds on deposit for players to withdraw. Prosecutors said last year that Full Tilt had used more than $400 million worth of player funds to pay board members and other owners since 2007.
As part of Tuesday's ...
Aug 1, 2012, 6:42 am - Lottery News forum
Mich. lottery winner to plead guilty to felony firearm charges
Man previously under fire for claiming welfare benefits after lottery win
A Williams Township, Michigan, man who had nearly $1 million in cash two years ago and is now destitute and charged with four firearm-related felonies is set to accept a plea deal in Bay County Circuit Court.
Leroy N. Fick, 60, is scheduled to make his plea before Circuit Judge Kenneth W. Schmidt at 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 4. Court records show that prosecutors have offered to dismiss two counts of felony firearm if Fick ...
Jul 26, 2012, 8:38 am - Lottery News forum
Michigan lottery winner convicted of welfare fraud gets probation
The Lincoln Park, Michigan, woman who made national headlines for continuing to accept food stamp benefits after winning $1 million on a Michigan Lottery game show was sentenced today in Wayne County Circuit Court to nine months of probation.
Amanda Clayton, 25, won the money on the show Make me Rich! last year and took home more than $700,000 after taxes. She was charged in April with two felony counts of welfare fraud failure to inform for not alerting the state Department of Human Services ...
Jul 24, 2012, 4:51 pm - Lottery News forum
UK Lottery winner jailed for benefit fraud
A man who won nearly 5 million (US$7.8 million) in the UK National Lottery, but fraudulently claimed about 13,000 (US$20,200) in benefits, has been jailed for nine months.
Edward Putman, 46, who was convicted of rape in 1993, won the life-changing sum in September 2009.
But he continued applying for housing benefit and income support and even wrote to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and his local council claiming he was broke and could not even afford to eat.
In reality he wa ...
Jul 24, 2012, 10:13 am - Lottery News forum
Internet poker owner handed 14-month prison term
An owner of Absolute Poker, one of the three largest Internet poker companies, was sentenced to 14 months in prison on Monday after admitting to deceiving banks over the processing of gambling proceeds.
Brent Beckley, 32, joined Costa Rica-based Absolute Poker in 2003 and became its head of payment processing. Last December, he pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court to conspiring to break U.S. laws against gambling on the Internet. He also pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit ...
Jul 23, 2012, 9:23 pm - Lottery News forum
Court: Police can collect $1M lottery prize
The police in Medford, Oregon, can collect much of a $1 million prize from the Oregon Lottery that came from a scratch ticket bought with a dead woman's credit card, Oregon's appeals court has ruled.
Oregon allows police to keep money seized in criminal activity. The winnings were awarded to the police when Christina Elizabeth Goodenow, 45, pleaded no contest to using the card that belonged to her boyfriend's mother said.
For starters, Chief Tim George said, the windfall will be used to ex ...
Jul 13, 2012, 10:45 am - Lottery News forum