A former convenience store manager in Edmonton has been charged in an alleged half-million-dollar lottery fraud that was carried out over the course of a year.
Police say Hassan Karim Choudhry was the store manager for a national convenience store chain when the fraud was carried out between September 2012 and September 2013.
The 31-year-old allegedly manipulated the store’s accounting system for lottery payouts that totalled $524,000.
“The accused was allegedly paying out non-existent lottery tickets to himself until the fraud was discovered and he was terminated from his job,” Economic Crimes Section Det. Jerry Sobchyshyn said.
The employer reported the fraud in October 2013, but charges were only laid this week.
Choudhry has been charged with fraud over $5,000.
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