A store clerk from Newport Beach, California, was arrested on Tuesday because it is alleged he was checking through scratch-off lottery tickets to find the winners and reselling the losing tickets to customers at Craig Liquor in the 1200 block of West Macarthur Boulevard.
According to the Orange County District Attorney's office, Francis Bou Karam, 34, was engaged in the illegal activity between January 1, 2013, and November 13, 2014. He has been charged with one felony count of computer access fraud, one felony count of grand theft, and 23 felony counts of forgery.
Karam is accused of redeeming $50,000 in winning. If he is convicted he may face a prison sentence of up to 18 years and 4 months.