Did Andy Ashkar and Nayel Askkar, the New York brothers charged in the $5M New York lottery scam, really think they were going to get away with it?
I remember reading the story of how the son of a couple who owns a convenience store in New York had purchased a ticket at his parents establishment, where he works,and then turning around to a friend saying, "Yeah, right. That sounds fishy!"
What I didn't know at the time was that authorities were purposefully disseminating the information to the public and already investigating.
From what I recall reading, there was no specific law against purchasing the ticket, if, of course, it was done legitimately.
You have to admit, though, that it leaves a bad taste in your mouth and, apparently, that was what police wanted.
The story has unfolded and Andy Ashkar and Nayel Ashkar have been charged in a $5M lottery scam.
Here's what happened. A 49-year-old married man who is the father of two children is the one authorities say purchased the winning scratch off ticket. Right now, he is being referred to as John Doe.
The unidentified man wasn't sure if he had won. He even showed the ticket to a friend who said it looked like he won $5 million.
Andy Ashkar, working behind the counter at this parents store, seized what he though was his big-ticket opportunity to become a millionaire, five times over.
He told John Doe that he won $5,000. He even offered him $4,000 on the spot to avoid paying any taxes on the win and John Doe accepted.
Now all Andy Ashkar needed to do was to sit on the ticket for awhile, likely thinking the heat would die down. He waited nearly 6 years, claiming it just before the deadline.
He enlisted the help of his criminal-minded brother, Navel Ashkar and they crafted a very suspicious story.
He said he waited so long to cash in the ticket because he didn't want the money to affect the relationship he had with the woman he was engaged to and that he was splitting the money with his brother.
Cops were on to him, and even John Doe had long felt he was cheated by the scamming brothers.
Fortunately, they were apprehended and can look forward to a long stint behind bars for their part in the $5M New York lottery scam .