A Toronto convenience store owner who stole a canadian lottery ticket worth about $5.75 million from a customer has been found guilty and will be sentenced in June.
He scammed a woman named Lorraine Teicht by saying her Lotto 6-49 ticket wasn’t a winner.
In fact, it won the jackpot and Malik waited seven months to cash the prize in January 2005.
It took this long for investigators to figure it all out.
Prosecutor Philip Perlmutter asked Judge Rebecca Shamai to sentence Malik, 63, to 21/2 years in prison for defrauding Teicht and three fellow employees of the Toronto Catholic District School Board who shared the ticket.
The fraud cost Teicht, 56, who died of cancer on April 5, two things she could never replace: trust and time the prosecutor said.
Each of the real winners received $1.6 million along with about $200,000 in interest in December 2007.
So…the story ends nicely. Sadly, though for Teicht.
Watch those retailers folks, if you win big money.
SIGN THE BACK of the ticket immediately.
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