July 12, 2004
CITY MAN CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTING TO STEAL FROM THE MARYLAND
STATE LOTTERY AGENCY
Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today the filing
of criminal charges against John Gilbert, 19, for presenting an
altered Maryland State Lottery ticket for payment and attempted
theft over $500. The charges, which were filed in the District
Court of Maryland on July 1, 2004, allege that the defendant presented
an altered lottery ticket on January 12, 2004 in an attempt to
receive $175,000 from the State lottery.
The case was
investigated by the Maryland State Lottery Agency, the Maryland
State Police and the Office of the Attorney General.
It will be prosecuted by the Criminal Investigations Division of
the Attorney General’s Office.
Although an indictment is just an allegation and a defendant is
presumed innocent until proven guilty, the maximum penalty for
presenting an altered lottery ticket for payment is 3 years imprisonment
and a $2,500 fine while the penalty for attempted theft over $500
is 15 years imprisonment and a $25,000 fine.