Toronto Retailer Charged in $5 Million Insider Lottery Claim
As though someone wouldn't notice if the guy they bought a lotto ticket from suddenly claimed $5 million dollars. Just a coincidence, I swear!
Police have charged a Toronto convenience store owner with fraud in connection with a $5.7-million 'insider' lottery prize win.
Hafiz Zulqarnain Malik, 60, of Mississauga, Ont., is charged with two counts of fraud over $5,000 and one count of theft over $5,000. He is to appear in court Wednesday.
The Ontario Provincial Police said the lottery ticket actually belonged to four Toronto residents, whom police refused to identify.
The ticket, worth $5,750,256, was purchased in June, 2004, and allegedly claimed by Mr. Malik in January, 2005. The OPP alleges the retailer stole the ticket after he was asked to validate it by the buyers.