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Trial date set for alleged lottery scammers

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ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. – A trial date has been set for the two brothers accused of trying to pull off a $5 million lottery scam.

Andy and Nayel Ashkar will head to court on April 22nd.

Andy has been charged with first degree criminal possession. Nayel has been charged with first degree attempted grand larceny.

The two are accused of scamming a customer out of a $5 million winning ticket by saying it was only worth $5,000.

Police say it happened back in 2006 at the Green Ale Market, which is owned by a family member.

According to investigators, six years later, the brothers planned to illegally claim the actual prize money from the state lottery.

The ultimate fate of the winnings are still in question.

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