California man who stole roommate’s $10 million lottery ticket received 8-month jail sentence
A 36-year-old Vacaville, California, man who police say stole his roommate’s lottery ticket value $10 million in past due 2018 struck a plea deal previous this yr and was once sentenced to 8 months in Solano County Jail.
Court and Solano County Jail information on Monday indicated that Adul Saosongyang were relegated to a “local commitment” underneath the state Penal Code, however, in a separate report, additionally indicated he pleaded no contest to tried grand robbery.
Judge Carlos R. Gutierrez had scheduled a jury trial for nine a.m. June 26, however clerks with the Solano County Sheriff’s Office stated he were launched on June 25 however gave no different details about his whereabouts.
During earlier court cases, Deputy Public Defender Sara Johnson effectively argued a discount in Saosongyang’s bail, from $65,000 to $25,000. She famous the primary allegation, grand robbery, was once a assets crime, now not a violent one.
With a Thai interpreter at his aspect, Saosongyang pleaded now not in charge to the primary price and that of receiving stolen assets.
According to Vacaville police, on Dec. 20, the sufferer purchased a $30 Scratchers lottery ticket on the Lucky grocery store on Peabody Road in Vacaville, hoping to win some cash for the vacations. It was once a winner, certainly, and he idea the prize was once value $10,000.
After telling his roommates, together with Saosongyang, about his excellent fortune, he stashed the ticket in a jacket pocket, then fell asleep.
The subsequent morning the sufferer visited the California Lottery’s district place of work in Sacramento simplest to seek out his ticket now not simplest wasn’t a winner however two of the numbers additionally were altered, police stated.
Suspecting his roommates of foul play whilst he slept, the sufferer notified Vacaville police.
The subsequent day, Saosongyang tried to assert the prize cash on the similar Sacramento lottery place of work, the place he was once advised it was once value $10 million, now not $10,000.
Following their customized and follow, lottery officers in an instant started a regimen investigation to make sure all winnings over $600.
At the Vacaville Lucky retailer, a lottery investigator was once advised the ticket may well be stolen. At that time, the investigator and a Vacaville police detective started running in combination on an obvious robbery investigation, police stated.
Shortly in a while, lottery and police officers decided the roommate had bought a identical Scratchers ticket, altered it, then swapped it with the multimillion-dollar winner.
The lottery investigator then invited Saosongyang to the Sacramento place of work to assemble at the ticket. Once there, Vacaville detectives arrested him on a warrant for grand robbery. He was once booked into Sacramento County Jail, then transferred to Solano County Jail in Fairfield.
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