A store clerk has been charged with attempting to fraudulently receive a state lottery prize after claiming ownership of a winning ticket taken from an undercover investigator, officials said.
Muhammad Irfan Khan, 48, of Anaheim, is charged with one felony count each of attempted grand theft, computer access and fraud, perjury by declaration, and presenting a false claim, prosecutors said.
If convicted, he could face up to four years in jail.
Khan allegedly told an undercover investigator who walked into the Fullerton store where the suspect worked in October 2013 that all three of his scratcher tickets were losers, even though one of them had earned $1,000, officials said.
After the officer left, the suspect allegedly kept the winning ticket and falsely claimed on paper that he was the rightful winner. He allegedly did this at least one other time on Dec. 2, 2013, officials said.