Lottery Jihad is when a kindly Muslim storeowner rips off a minority member’s lottery winnings. We had this case with the Ashkar clan pocketing a $5 million lottery ticket. And now… there’s another case of Lottery Jihad on Long Island.
Nassau County police say a deli owner and his son tried to scam a customer out of his $1 million lottery ticket by telling him he was owed only $1,000.
Nabil Jaghab, 57, the owner of Peninsula Deli & Grocery in Hempstead, and his son, Karim Jaghab, 26, were arraigned Saturday on charges of second-degree grand larceny.
Cops said a 34-year-old Spanish-speaker with limited English bought the $10 “Unwrap the Cash” scratch-off lottery ticket Thursday at the convenience store.
Instead of following protocol and directing the man to a State Lottery office to claim his prize, Karim allegedly told him the ticket was worth $1,000 and gave him the “winnings” straight out of the register.
On Friday the victim, suspecting he’d been ripped off on his scratch-off win, returned to the deli and began to press Karim about how much he’d won, according to police.
“Okay, I will pay you $10,000 as long as you don’t involve the police,” Karim allegedly said.
Cops said the clerk’s father then backed up the lie, telling the victim, “You only won $10,000.”
That’s when the man called police. They confirmed the victim was indeed a millionaire and busted Karim and Nabil.
How do you try to steal a million dollars and only get hit with second-degree grand larceny? Part of the problem here is the Muslim monopoly on these types of convenience stores in New York.
Large scale cigarette smuggling networks in New York State are dominated by tight knit nationality-based networks, primarily families through blood or marriage of Lebanese, Yemeni, Jordanian and Palestinian descent.
Federal and New York State law enforcement officials estimate that nearly 60 percent of all convenience retail outlets in New York City are now Arab-owned, and with the Arab networks compartmentalized by ethnicity and family ties, the risk of infiltration by law enforcement is minimal.
And these networks get into worse things than the Lottery Jihad.