Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – A judge went above and beyond the goal of prosecutors when he sentenced Andy Ashkar to eight and one third to 25 years in prison.
Ashkar swindled a Syracuse man out of a $5 million lottery check in 2006 at the Green Ale Market convenience store on East Fayette Street.
He was convicted of criminal possession of stolen property in the first degree, and the District Attorney’s office had asked for five to 15 years.
The judge told the court that Ashkar “exhibited rapacious greed” when he took the check from Robert Miles.
Investigators said that Miles bought the $5 million winning ticket at the Green Ale Market in October 2006, but Andy Ashkar told the man it was only worth $5,000 and then awarded him with $4,000, saying there was a $1,000 fee attached.
The Ashkar brothers surfaced in 2012, saying that they had waited because of personal and security concerns. Officials became suspicious because of the prolonged delay and launched an investigation.
Nayel Ashkar was also accused of swiping the check, along with his brother.
The jury found the brothers not guilty on a conspiracy charge, but determined that Andy Ashkar was guilty of criminal possession of stolen property.
Grand larceny charges leveled against the brothers were found to be beyond the statute of limitations.
Miles thanked the court and said that he and his family had suffered for six years because of the money that was taken from him.
Outside of the court, Miles’ attorney said he hopes the next time reporters see his client, he will be standing behind a cardboard check from New York’s lottery.