08:09
09 Sep

A father and two sons have been busted for banking $21 million in a scratchcard lottery scam over a period of eight years.

Ali Jaafar, 63, and his sons Mohamed, 31, and Yousef, 28, cashed in an incredible 13,000 tickets on behalf of others, allowing the winners to avoid being collared for taxes, debts, and child support. They all now face charges of fraud, money laundering and tax evasion.


Busted!

The scam centers around a state law that requires a check for outstanding taxes or child support for anyone cashing in a ticket worth $600 or more. The Jaafar family allowed people to circumvent this process and profited by paying cash for the tickets at a discounted rate.

To make matters worse, the three men cheekily recorded huge gambling losses on their annual tax returns, committing tax fraud themselves.

It is almost unbelievable that a person smart enough to see the potential profits from this scam, who understands why it is so profitable, would also not understand that there is a digital trail of every single lottery ticket and who cashed it in.

There is already a three-strike protocol in place for people who only slightly fall outside the bounds of reasonable probability—a three, six, and 12 month ban from the state lottery.

Ali and Mohamed both pleaded not guilty via video link last month, according to the New York Times, but nothing is publicly known about Yousef.

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