A Massachusetts fraudster may have to hand over $88,365 worth of lottery tickets to the government. [Image: Shutterstock.com]
A Massachusetts man may have to turn over $88,000 in lottery tickets to the government. Ali Jaafar and his son Youssef were convicted in December of $20 million lottery fraud.
The couple bought winning lottery tickets from people in Massachusetts at a discount, allowing the winners to avoid taxes or child support obligations. The father and son would then recoup the tax amounts by offsetting the winnings for the phantom gambling losses. Another son, Muhammad, also received a conviction for money laundering and tax fraud in conjunction with the scheme.
He received more than $1.2 million in tax refunds
They ran the plan from 2011 through 2020, cashing out more than 14,000 tickets in that period for more than $20 million. They received about $1.2 million in tax refunds.
The Massachusetts Lottery tracks the best ticket tellers in the state. Ali Jaafar topped the list in 2019, while Muhammad Jaafar came in third place, and Yusef Jaafar succeeded him in fourth place.
US Attorney for the District of Massachusetts Rachel Rollins wants the court to order the forfeiture of “$88,365 in Massachusetts lottery, keno and digital game tickets seized on September 9, 2020.” the Deposit the transaction on Thursday It shows how the government will confiscate another property worth $88,365 from Ali Jaffar if the lottery tickets are not actually found or sold.