It’s a case of take the (lottery) tickets and run.  


A man that was living in Albany and was working for a local convenience store, was accused of stealing New York Lottery Tickets and then trying to flee the United States. The suspect, 25-year-old Kamal Ahmad, allegedly stole several packages of scratch off lottery tickets from both of his work places, a convenience store in Wynantskill, and one in Niskayuna. The lottery ticket thefts have been going on since March.

The North Greenbush Police Department received a call about the thefts. Surveillance videos were used in the investigation. They showed Ahmad allegedly getting the money for the winning lottery tickets.

Yesterday, some officers from the North Greenbush Police Department took a ride down to New York City and John F. Kennedy Airport where they found Ahmad, and arrested him. He was allegedly in the process of trying to flee the United States. Ahmad is from Pakistan. He was in the country on a temporary visa.

Several agencies were involved in the investigation including The New York Gaming Commission, The New York State Police Investigations Center, The North Greenbush Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations, and The United States Customs And Border Patrol.

Ahmed is now facing several charges including eight counts of first Falsifying Business records in the first degree and two counts of Grand Larceny in the third degree.

After he was brought back to the Albany area, Ahmad went to North Greenbush Town Court for his arraignment and then sent to the Rensselaer County Jail. Ahmad was allegedly previously in trouble with law sometime within the past five years, which allegedly included criminal convictions. According to the article in The Troy Record, Ahmad may have been facing deportation because of the previous incidents.