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Convenience store worker is found guilty of lottery fraud after Camelot investigation

The shopkeeper has been found guilty of attempting to con a lottery syndicate out of almost £80,000 in winnings.

Mr Pervais was working at Moores Convenience Store in Gravesend when Callum Crosier came into the store to check four lottery tickets.

Mr Crosier puts 28 lines a week onto the lottery as part of a syndicate for himself and 27 colleagues at Morrison’s Utility Services in Chatham.

Mr Pervais told the victim that one of the 28 lines had registered a £10 win.

The man had returned to work, checked the numbers and realised that one of the lines actually matched five numbers.

Mr Crosier thought at that point they had won a prize of £1,000.

It was at this point the man returned back to the shop where he was told by Pervais to return in a couple of hours so he could check his shop for the ticket.

It was in the mean time that Mr Crosier checked the numbers again and realised that the bonus ball had also been matched and the windfall was near £80,000.

An investigation was launched by Camelot, which found all four tickets had been scanned including the large winning prize.

Camelot said that allegations made against retailers selling lottery tickets were “very rare”.

Imran Pervais was convicted of fraud by false representation following a two-day trial.  He will be sentenced at a later date.

This incident happened almost a year after a similar case in March 2012 where another shopkeeper in Norfolk Anne Jeevarajah kept the lucky ticket of an elderly and loyal customer. Her husband rang lottery organisers Camelot and told them he had won.

Alarm bells rung at Camelot as there was a delay between the ticket being bought and the claim being made, and further more when they discovered Mr Jeevarajah was in fact a shopkeeper.

The two fraudsters were jailed for 14 months each at Norwich Crown Court.

Counterfeit goods fraud is at a five-year high and identity fraud more than doubled in value to £26.3m in 2012.

The threat of pay freezes; job restructuring and job losses can lead to a more competitive environment that can lead to individuals acting illegally.

Many companies choose to employ private investigators to gather intelligence to gain evidence for civil convictions.