Illegal Immigrant tricked out of $3m allowed collect his winnings
ROCKLAND COUNTY, NY – An illegal immigrant allegedly swindled out of his $3 million scratch card win will finally collect his winnings, the Daily Mail reports.
The man won the jackpot after purchasing a New York Lottery scratch card at a convenience store in his local area.
Three of the store’s workers had allegedly tricked the man by telling him he’d be deported if he tried to collect his winnings.
“When he presented the ticket, they scared the hell out of him,” Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe said.
Atif Ali, 22, Riaz Khan, 45, and Mubeen Ashraf, 22, tried to convince the man that he should name them all as co-purchasers. The three men are alleged to have claimed the prize money and left the rightful winner without any of his winnings.
Zugibe added that the man is entitled to cash in on the prize even though he is an undocumented immigrant.
Published: September 6, 2011