A man who is believed to have misled a senior citizen into believing she had won the lottery is being charged with grand larceny. The man reportedly fooled the New York woman into turning over money for taxes to be paid on a nonexistent lottery win. The man is likely working alongside criminal defense counsel to prepare for the upcoming court proceedings.
According to New York authorities, a 40-year-old New Jersey man convinced the woman that she had won a lottery, one she reportedly had never entered. The woman, 84, was led to believe she had to pay taxes on her prize money. As a result, she signed two checks over to the accused man: one for $5,000 and a second for $5,500.
It is unclear how police were eventually notified of this alleged crime, but the man was arrested at Newark International Airport on April 25. He has since been extradited to New York state, where he will face two counts of grand larceny. If he is found guilty, he could face fines and/or jail time.
Senior citizens are doubtless a vulnerable portion of society, and deserve to be protected from fraud. However, the man is still entitled to the presumption of innocence, one which must be honored when he stands before a New York court. His criminal defense team will take a careful account of all the facts of the case to determine how best to approach his defense in court, in a way that will minimize the charges filed against him.
Source: nj.com, "N.J. man charged in $10K lottery scam on 84-year-old woman", Jeff Goldman, May 1, 2018