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Man charged after $524,000 in store lotto payouts deemed fake

Edmonton Journal logo Edmonton Journal 2017-09-23 Edmonton Journal
101115-OLG_New_Prizes_20130424-26687127-OLG_New_Prizes_20130424-W.jpg: A 31-year-old man has been charged after police determined $524,000 in lottery payouts at a city convenience store were fake.  © Richard Plume A 31-year-old man has been charged after police determined $524,000 in lottery payouts at a city convenience store were fake. 

A 31-year-old man has been charged after police determined $524,000 in lottery payouts at a city convenience store were fake.

The lottery fraud spanned a whole year between September 2012 and September 2013, police said in a Friday news release.

The employer reported the fraud to city police in October 2013 and charges were laid against a former store manager this week.

Investigators said the store’s accounting system for lottery payouts had been “manipulated.”

“The accused was allegedly paying out non-existent lottery tickets to himself until the fraud was discovered and he was terminated from his job,” said Det. Jerry Sobchyshyn of the economic crimes section.

Hassan Karim Choudhry is charged with fraud over $5,000.

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