Two women face charges following a lengthy police investigation into what’s being billed as a “major prize lottery fraud.”
In November 2016, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation contacted the OPP Investigation and Enforcement Bureau assigned to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario to investigate a suspicious win in relation to a ‘group play’ lottery ticket.
The ticket was originally purchased at a retail location in Woodbridge in 2009 with a prize ultimately valued at more than $1.7 million. As a result of the investigation, police have charged Anna Kovarski, 70, of Woodbridge, with two counts of fraud over $5,000, theft over $5,000, two counts of laundering proceeds of crime, possession of property obtain by crime over $5,000, and counsel to commit false pretence.
Aleksandra Fingerman, 41, of Thornhill, was charged with false pretence over $5,000 and laundering proceeds of crime. As a result of a parallel financial investigation by the Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau – Provincial Asset Forfeiture Unit, a residence and financial accounts totalling more $1.8 million dollars have been restrained. Both accused are scheduled to appear in court in Toronto on April 12.