Store Clerk Tries to Steal a Winning Lotto Ticket

Muhammad Irfan Khan told an undercover investigator that his three scratchers were duds, then pocketed one worth $1,000.

Patch photo credit: Renee Schiavone.
Patch photo credit: Renee Schiavone.

A 48-year-old Anaheim man pleaded guilty today to trying to steal a winning lottery ticket and was immediately sentenced to 90 days in jail and three years of probation.

Muhammad Irfan Khan pleaded guilty to felony second-degree burglary. As part of the plea deal, charges of attempted grand theft, computer access and fraud, perjury and presenting a false claim to a public board or officer were dropped.

Khan, who was working as a clerk at FM Food Store in Fullerton, was approached by an undercover California State Lottery investigator with three scratcher tickets, two of which were losers and one indicating a $1,000 prize, Senior Deputy District Attorney Robert Mestman said.

Khan checked them in the California Lottery computer system and then lied to the investigator, saying they were all losers, Mestman said. Khan pocketed the winning ticket, Mestman said.

Khan mailed the winning ticket to the state lottery, Mestman said.

--City News Service

Reiki-ology Master Healing June 30, 2014 at 06:50 AM
This is why checking them yourself is the way to go.
Buzz Dean June 30, 2014 at 12:41 PM
though he was a dip-sh - it, it seems like it's entrapment
Bella July 01, 2014 at 12:26 PM
Look at the punk's name, enough said! Dirty pig.
Sue July 02, 2014 at 04:32 PM
Not entrapment Buzz. He was not enticed to do wrong. He had the choice to do his job and not be a dirt bag thief.
tony July 05, 2014 at 11:45 AM
With a name like Muhammad what else would you expect? With a towel around his head and a filthy stinky beard no wonder he was set up. Way to go sand nigger. You made ALL of your people proud.


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