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Store owner charged with stealing winning $5.7M lottery ticket

Wednesday, December 19
CBC News
A former convenience store owner was charged Wednesday with stealing a winning lottery ticket and fraudulently claiming $5.7 million in prize money.

Ontario Provincial Police charged 60-year-old Hafiz Zulqarnain Malik, of Mississauga, Ont., with two counts of fraud and one count of theft. Additionally, about $5 million worth of his assets were seized or frozen by police, including his Mississauga home, bank and investment accounts and three vehicles.

Lottery customers are advised to sign the backs of their tickets to prevent potential fraud.
Malik, at the time operating a convenience store in Toronto, allegedly stole the ticket from a group of four Toronto co-workers in June 2004. He cashed it six months later, in January 2005.

At a news conference in Toronto Wednesday, OPP Chief Supt. Bob Goodall said Malik defrauded the real winners when th

Added: Dec-19-2007 
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