A Baltimore man was sentenced to serve two years in prison yesterday after he pleaded guilty to stealing and cashing two winning lottery tickets worth $7,500.
Eric Williams, 26, of the 4800 block of Gilray Drive had been charged in August with setting up the scheme to steal winning lottery tickets with the help of a Maryland State Lottery Agency employee, according to the state attorney general's office.
Baltimore Circuit Judge Elsbeth Levy Bothe sentenced Williams to five years in prison, with three years suspended, and required him to pay back the $7,500. That sentence will run consecutive to a three-year sentence imposed in September after Williams was convicted of stealing child-support checks from the State Bureau of Support Enforcement.
In a statement of facts, the attorney general's office said Williams persuaded a former girlfriend who worked at the lottery agency to give him two winning lottery tickets --one worth $2,500 and another worth $5,000 -- and to approve the claim forms he submitted.
Williams then asked two other people -- Lenora C. Stanley, 31, of the first block of Salem Court, Pikesville, and Maurice Taylor, 31, of the 1400 block of Kenhill Avenue -- to cash the tickets, the statement said.
The agency began an investigation after the two legitimate lottery winners complained that they hadn't received their checks after mailing in their winning tickets.
The lottery agency clerk, Carolyn L. Cooks, 43, of the 2500 block of East Chase Street, and the two others charged in the scheme are scheduled for trial Oct. 22.