Hempstead deli owners accused of trying to scam lottery winner

November 23, 2013 11:13:48 AM PST
A father and son on Long Island are accused of trying to bilk a million dollar lottery winner out of his prize.

Nabil and Karim Jaghab of East Meadow are charged with grand larceny.

The pair run the Peninsula Deli in Hempstead.

Police say a 34-year old Hempstead man purchased a $10 "Unwrap The Cash" scratch off New York State Lottery Ticket.

After playing the lottery card and believing he had been a winner, he handed the ticket to Karim Jaghab.

Police say Jaghab told him he had won $1,000 when in fact the winning ticket was a Jackpot Prize for $1 million.

According to investigators, the ticket holder returned to the store Friday and questioned Jaghab, who allegedly told him, "Ok, I will pay you $10,000 as long as you don't involve the police". Police say the father, Nabil Jaghab, reiterated his son's claim, telling the victim, "You only won $10,000.

The man called police, who determined that the son and his father did in fact attempt to deceive the victim and claim the winnings for themselves.

The Jaghabs were arraigned Saturday on grand larceny charges. According to Newsday, their attorney said it was a simple mistake on a payout on a lottery machine.