Lottery lawyer for $1.5 billion Simpsonville ticket winner indicted on fraud charges
The lottery-specialist lawyer who represented the winner of a $1.5 billion ticket sold in Simpsonville has been indicted on federal charges, accused of more than $100 million in fraud.
Jason Kurland, who promoted himself as the “Lottery Lawyer,” is one of four people indicted in New York on recently-unsealed charges of wire fraud, money laundering and conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering.
In a statement, Kurland’s defense attorney Tim Kasulis said Kurland looks forward to his day in court: “Over his twenty year unblemished legal career, Jason Kurland has always had his clients’ best interests at heart and continues to do so today.”
Much of the missing money, prosecutors allege, came from the winner of the second-largest lottery jackpot, an individual identified as “Lottery Victim 3,” the winner of the $1.5 billion ticket sold in Simpsonville in 2018 .
South Carolina is one of eight states that do not require public identification of lottery winners, Kurland told The News in 2018, before he represented the winner.
According to court documents, prosecutors allege Kurland took $60 million of the Simpsonville ticket winner’s money for investments from which Kurland derived a personal benefit. Prosecutors also accuse Kurland of transferring $19.5 million from the lottery winner’s account without permission or consent.
The indictment says the fraud began on or about April 12, 2009, which is about a month after the Simpsonville ticket winner made her first public statements including her charitable plans, which were announced by Kurland.
The ticket was sold at KC Mart in Simpsonville in October 2018, the winner turned in her ticket in March, a month ahead of the six-month deadline for claiming the money.
In all, prosecutors said Victim 3 lost more than $70 million in various schemes perpetrated by the four men, including Kurland, according to the indictment and the letter.
One of the four men charged is identified as a “soldier in the Genovese crime family,” a mafia group, in the letter sent by prosecutors in an effort to get the judge to keep two of the men behind bars and the other two – Kurland and the alleged mafia soldier – behind bars unless significant bond is posted.
The two prosecutors want held are additionally charged in an extortion scheme for allegedly threatening torture and potentially killing of the wife and child of a jewelry merchant who had been sent some of the lottery winner’s money as an investment, according to the indictment.
Jason Kurland, who promoted himself as the "Lottery Lawyer," is one of four people indicted in New York on recently-unsealed charges.