Clerk took customer's lottery money, police say

October 21, 2009 11:00:38 AM PDT
Investigators said they believe a 25-year-old convenience store clerk claimed $1 million in lottery winnings that belonged to a customer, then disappeared.A Travis County grand jury indicted Pankaj Joshi in September on one count of claiming a lottery prize by fraud. The charge is a second-degree felony, punishable by a maximum of 20 years in prison if there's a conviction.

Joshi worked at the Lucky Food Store outside Dallas. His co-workers say they never saw him play the lottery, according to a search warrant affidavit.

When Joshi quit his job at the store and claimed a $1 million lottery jackpot in Austin, Joshi's co-workers were suspicious and told investigators. The Austin American-Statesman reported on the case Wednesday.

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