On line publication Syracuse.com has reported a alleged lottery ticket fraud in ny’s Syracuse area dating straight back to 2006, that involves two brothers from central New York who claimed a $5 million lottery ticket sold at their family’s convenience store. Subsequently, they are accused of scamming the winner out of his scratchcard winnings.
Now Being Charged
Second-degree attempted grand larceny and fourth-degree conspiracy fees are now being filed against 36-year-old Nayel Ashkar and Andy Ashkar, aged 34, that has also been charged with first-degree criminal possession of stolen property.
Following reports to a Syracuse newspaper by suspicious lottery security officials searching for the real winner of the prize, the genuine customer and owner associated with lottery scratch-off came forward and was revealed as a dad of two, aged 49, who was simply duped by the brothers into giving up the winning solution when he visited the Ashkar’s convenience store in October 2006 to cash it in.
Whether it was a ridiculous mistake, or perhaps sheer disbelief, the real winner of the ticket initially thought that it had been a prize of $5,000 which he would be claiming, despite being told with a friend it was in fact a $5 million jackpot. He had been told by Andy Ashkar, upon trying to money in the ticket, he foolishly accepted that it was just a $5,000 prize and was offered $4,000 in cash from Ashkar in order to avoid paying tax