Saturday, February 08, 2014

Muhammad Khan, market clerk charged trying to claim a patron's state lottery prize

Posted By CotoBlogzz

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA - Muhammad Khan, market clerk was charged Friday  with attempting to fraudulently receive a state lottery prize after claiming ownership of a winning ticket taken from an undercover investigator, according to the Orange County District's (OCDA) office.

On Oct. 22, 2013, Muhammad Irfan Khan, 48, Anaheim,  is accused of working as a clerk at FM Food Store on Harbor Boulevard in Fullerton. A California State Lottery (CSL) undercover investigator entered the market with three traceable decoy special scratcher tickets, including two losing tickets and one $1,000 winning ticket. 

The investigator presented his tickets to Khan, who is accused of checking them in the CSL computer system and falsely telling the investigator that all three were losing tickets. Khan is accused of keeping the winning ticket after the investigator left the store.

Khan is accused of fraudulently mailing the winning ticket to CSL and signing on the Winner Claim Form under penalty of perjury that he was the rightful owner. On Dec. 2, 2013, Khan is again accused of filling out another claim form and signing it under penalty of perjury in the CSL office.

This case was investigated by the California State Lottery (CSL). Senior Deputy District Attorney Robert Mestman of the Special Prosecutions Unit is prosecuting this case. 


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