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Brothers charged with scamming $5M lottery ticket

By Associated Press


SYRACUSE, N.Y. >>  Two brothers from central New York who claimed a $5 million lottery ticket sold at their family's store have been accused of scamming the winning ticket from a customer.

Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick says 34-year-old Andy Ashkar and 36-year-old Nayel Ashkar are charged with attempted grand larceny and conspiracy. Andy Ashkar also was charged with criminal possession of stolen property.

Andy Ashkar claimed in March that he bought the ticket at his parents' convenience store in Syracuse. But Fitzpatrick says the legitimate purchaser was fooled into giving up the winning scratch-off ticket when he went to cash it at the market in October 2006.

Fitzpatrick says state lottery officials trying to find the true winner planted the story of the brothers' win in a Syracuse newspaper.

Their father had no comment today.

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cojef wrote:
Skammers everywhere you look. Are there any honest people in this generation?
on November 13,2012 | 10:55AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
In my opinion, there are both honest and dishonest people in every generation.Ya just gotta be wary. I've been scammed a few times, but I have also had tens of thousands of transactions with honest people throughout my lifetime. I imagine it's been the same for you, sir. Just be careful.
on November 14,2012 | 05:32AM
Recce wrote:
Gotta go to the red states.
on November 14,2012 | 02:27AM
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