|Clerk accused of cheating Ohio lottery winners||| Print ||
|Written by By Associated Press|
|Friday, 21 May 2010 11:02|
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) â€” Authorities say a service station clerk given two winning Ohio Lottery tickets by undercover agents said they were no good, but later claimed the $6,200 in prize money for himself.
Lottery spokesman Marie Kilbane says 55-year-old Mahmoud Ikhlayel of suburban Columbus is the first person charged under a new initiative to make sure lottery winners aren't being cheated at retail counters.
Court records show Ikhlayel pleaded not guilty this month to two counts of theft and two counts of telecommunications fraud and was released on a recognizance bond.
The lottery says it had received complaints about Ikhlayel, who worked at a downtown Columbus gas station. The business cooperated in the sting.
A message for comment was left Friday for Ikhlayel's attorney.
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