Father of Ashkar brothers pleads guilty in $5 million lottery scam

Nayef Ashkar

The father of the brothers accused of stealing a winning $5 million scratch-off lottery ticket pleaded guilty to filing a false instrument, admitting he lied in a state lottery affidavit.

56-year-old Nayef Ashkar made the plea Thursday morning in Onondaga County Court in front of Judge Joseph Fahey. He will get three years conditional discharge instead of jail time when he is sentenced.

Nayef Ashkar was originally indicted on conspiracy charges, accused of encouraging his sons to claim the winning ticket as their own. He owns the Green Ale Market on East Fayette Street in Syracuse where the ticket was purchased.

Ashkar's son Andy was recently convicted of criminal possession of stolen property in the case. He and his brother Nayel were acquitted of conspiracy charges. They were accused of stealing the winning ticket from Robert Miles. 35-year-old Andy Ashkar, of Camillus, was sentenced Tuesday morning to a minimum of 8 and 1/3 years and a maximum of 25 years in prison

The New York State Lottery still has not determined what will happen to the $5 million prize.