The owner of a convenience store and his son are accused of attempted to cheat a man out of his big lottery win in New York.
According to police, a 34-year-old man who did not speak English went to the Peninsula Deli and Grocery in Hempstead, N.Y. Thursday to claim his winnings. When clerk Karim Jaghab scanned the card, he got a message reading "File claim: jackpot winner – please return original ticket to the customer along with a claim receipt," which meant that the man had won $1 million.
However, the 26-year-old Jaghab told the man that he'd only won $1,000 and he gave that to him in cash. The man returned to the store the next day after reportedly becoming suspicious and he confronted the clerk who allegedly told him "OK, I will pay you $10,000 as long as you don’t involve the police."
Jaghab's father, Nabil, also insisted that the man had only won $10,000, but the man, clearly still suspicious that something wasn’t right, contacted the police.
Hempstead and Nassau County police got the winning ticket and found that it was indeed worth $1 million. They concluded that the 57-year-old store owner Nabil and his son had tried to cheat the victim out of the winnings and claim the big prize for themselves, according to CBS New York.
Police also noted that the Jaghabs failed to comply with a policy requiring any prize of more than $600 or more to be redeemed at a New York State Lottery office, rather than in cash at the place of purchase.
Fox News adds that both Jaghabs have been charged with grand larceny and their lawyer, Matthew Fleischer, claimed to CBS New York that the lottery machine in the store was not working properly.