Lawyer for Syracuse lottery scammers challenges local jurisdiction in court

Nayel Ashkar

Two brothers charged with scamming a man out of a $5 million winning lottery ticket sold at a Syracuse store owned by their parents are questioning some aspects of the prosecution's case.

The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports Andy and Nayel Ashkar were in a Syracuse court Thursday as their lawyers filed motions. They're challenging the local jurisdiction of the case and question whether the attempted grand larceny and conspiracy charges against the brothers had been filed too late.

The Ashkars are accused of claiming another man's $5 million scratch-off ticket, bought in 2006, when they presented it to state lottery officials in Schenectady last year.

The brothers' lawyers say the case should be prosecuted in Schenectady. They also say local prosecutors filed the charges too late.