A mystery man from Canada has been granted immunity from prosecution in the case of suspected lottery fraud. The man is said to have valuable information on the case and is cooperating with investigators.
In December 2010, the lottery drew winning numbers to the Hot Lotto game played in Iowa and other states, and learned that the winning ticket had been sold at an Iowa gas station. No claim was made, however, till a few hours before the deadline.
Attorneys purportedly representing New York lawyer Crawford Shaw came forward with the ticket which had just been delivered via FedEx to Iowa. And Shaw claims to represent attorneys for the alleged owner of the ticket whom he claims he does not know.
Lottery officials’ suspicions were aroused when Shaw said the proceeds should be sent to a corporation in the known tax haven country of Belize. The Lottery refused payment saying the winner’s identity needs to be revealed. Shaw refused to reveal the identity of the winner, and surprisingly withdrew the claim in January 2012.
Lottery officials have a video of the man they think bought the ticket and are continuing the investigation into the matter. They hope that information from the mystery man from Canada will help uncover the truth.
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