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Dad admits $5M NY lottery scam role, avoids jail

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August 1, 2013 03:41 PM EST | AP


SYRACUSE, N.Y. — An upstate New York storeowner charged along with his sons in a scheme to cheat a man out of a $5 million lottery win has pleaded guilty to a felony, but won't do jail time.

The Syracuse Post-Standard reports (http://bit.ly/16JfPwo) 57-year-old Nayef Ashkar pleaded guilty Thursday to filing a false instrument, admitting he lied in a state lottery affidavit.

Ashkar owns the Syracuse convenience store where Robert Miles bought the winning ticket in 2006. Authorities said his son Andy convinced Miles it was worth just $5,000 and paid him $4,000.

Andy Ashkar and his brother Nayel were acquitted of conspiracy, but Andy Ashkar was convicted of possessing the stolen ticket. He's serving 8 to 25 years in prison.

His father won't face jail if he avoids trouble for three years.

The lottery hasn't decided if Miles will get the money.

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Information from: The Post-Standard, http://www.syracuse.com