N.Y. 'Lottery Lawyer' allegedly swindled jackpot winners for millions

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A New York attorney who called himself the 'Lottery Lawyer' is accused of duping mega-jackpot winners out of millions of dollars

In this Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018 file photo, lottery forms for Louisiana Mega Millions, Powerball and other lottery games fill the drawer at The World Bar and Grill, in Delta, La., a few miles from the Mississippi-Louisiana state line. NEW YORK -- A New York attorney who branded himself the "Lottery Lawyer" has been charged with swindling millions of dollars from jackpot winners in a conspiracy that federal prosecutors say involved a member of the Genovese crime family.

An indictment unsealed Tuesday charges the attorney, Jason "Jay" Kurland, with conspiracy, wire fraud and money laundering. Prosecutors say Kurland's clients lost more than $80 million in the scheme. One of the victims won the US$1.5-billion Mega Millions lottery, authorities said, while another had hauled in a US$245-million Powerball jackpot.Prosecutors said Kurland encouraged his clients to make large investments in entities run by Christopher Chierchio, described in court papers as a soldier in the Genovese crime family, former securities broker Frank Smookler and a fourth co-conspirator named Frankie Russo.

Kurland, who also practises real estate law, was paid kickbacks for steering jackpot winners to Chierchio, Smookler and Russo, prosecutors said. The businessmen "profited handsomely," prosecutors wrote in court filings, "fueling lavish lifestyles that included flying private jets, taking exotic vacations, buying boats, paying country club dues and even `wrapping' luxury cars."Related Stories

 

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Why do you need a lawyer to handle a Lottery win? Pick up your cheque at the Lottery Office and deposit the money into your bank account. Done

corner stores should be investigsted also

in all fairness he is a lawyer

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