Victims in A.V. lose thousands in lottery scam

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the scam, which has victimized people not just in the Antelope Valley but around the United States, Simon said. Because the investigation is under way, he said he could not say much other than detectives have leads on suspects. But the best approach is to avoid being conned in the first place. Any mailing that asks for money should be evaluated with “extreme prudence,” Simon said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – Legitimate-looking letters from an organization calling itself American Direct have conned thousands of dollars out of at least eight Antelope Valley residents who were told they won fake $250,000 lottery prizes, sheriff’s deputies say. The letters each contained a check for $4,800 – a purported advance from the winnings – but the victims were told to wire back $2,000 to cover insurance, handling and shipping of the full prize. After they sent the money, the victims found out the “advance” checks they got in the mail were not valid. “Unfortunately, lots of people are sending their money in to these people. We hope to get word out and stop any more people from losing their life savings,” said Deputy Kelly Simon, spokesman for the Lancaster sheriff’s station. last_img read more

IPL spot-fixing: Mudgal Committee to decide extent of punishment

first_imgThe punishment will be decided in accordance to the BCCI’s rules and regulationsThe Supreme Court on Wednesday suggested that the Mudgal Committee, that probed the allegation of betting and match fixing in IPL 2013 decide on the nature of punishment for Gurunath Meiyappan and others named on its report in accordance with the BCCI’s rules and regulations, including the anti-corruption code.Senior counsel CA Sundaram, appearing for the BCCI, agreed with the suggestion. He earlier had requested the court to decide on an external commission to determine the extent of punishment so that there is transparency about the verdict.”Let the Mudgal Committee be asked to take action and let there be a logical conclusion of the issue. Let them discharge the function of imposing penalty”, said an apex court bench of Justice T.S.Thakur and Justice Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla.”Now that the report has come we can ask the BCCI to take a decision in 10 days,” the bench said.As Sundaram told the court that “we (BCCI) will give them a hearing”, the court said that stage for a hearing is over now that the court has the Mudgal Committee report.”Why don’t you take action? Why should we take action? We will see the correctness of the decision (taken by the BCCI). We will give you an opportunity to take a call.”If we decided the action on the Mudgal Committee report this would amount to “clutching the powers of the BCCI”.The court said it had reservations on allowing the present BCCI office bearers to determine punitive action against Meiyappan and others on the basis of the Mudgal Committee report.advertisementThe court said that the present BCCI committee had outlived its utility as its term had already come to an end.The court also said that “all those who are involved in the matter stand aside”, dealing a blow to Srinivasan’s hopes of standing in the election.”There must be fresh election and fresh blood in the cricketing body that can look into the (Mudgal) report and act”, the court said.It was at this stage that Sundaram told the court: “Let the court decide on an external commission and decide the matter so that there would be no whispering on the verdict.”Then the court said Sundaramn should ask the Mudgal Committee to also determine the nature of punishment based on its report.Supporting the suggestion of the court that all those involved in this matter should stand aside, senior counsel Nalini Chidambaram appearing for the petitioner Cricket Association of Bihar, told the court to keep Srinivasan out of BCCI.”On the basis of principle Srinivasan should not contest the elections” Chidambram said to the court.Telling the court that she would address the issue on the larger question of purity, probity and public policy, Chidambram told the court that failure of Srinivasan to act on the information of betting also brought him into the ambit of the operational rules of the anti-corruption code of the apex body of cricket in the country.Chidambram said that the first Mudgal Committee report inferred that Srinivasan orchestrated a cover-up of the incident, which started with the appointment of two member panel (Justice T. Jayarama Chouta and Justice R. Balasubramanian). The panel gave a clean chit after inferring on a half-hearted presentation of the matter to them by the BCCI.At this senior counsel Kapil Sibal, appearing for Srinivasan, said, “There is no other intent but to stop Srinivasan from contesting elections. Counsel Harish Salve, representing CAB, demanded the IPL franchise of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) should be cancelled.”India Cement Limited – the owner of Chennai Super Kings – is ultimately responsible for the conduct of Gurunath Meiyappan. The owner of CSK is a corporate entity and its vice-chairman and managing director Srinivasan is responsible”, Salve told the court saying that Meiyappan by his acts of betting has brought disrepute to the game.Earlier, in the hearing, the court sought the details of the management structure of India Cements as it noted that Srinivasan was the vice-Chairman cum managing director and his daughter and wife of Meiyappan, Rupa Gurunath, was on the board of directors.”You may not be an obvious owner of the company but you may be actual controller of the company”, the court said, adding: “the process of selecting captain and coach of the team is not directly decided by Meiyappan but directed by his wife based on his inputs.”The hearing on the matter will continue December 1.advertisementlast_img read more

Delhi University’s Open Days to settle students’ doubts

first_imgOver 500 students aspiring to take admission in undergraduate courses at Delhi University flocked to attend the first of DU’s ‘Open Days’ counseling sessions where university officials answered queries on the best-four policy, sports admissions and additional eligibility criteria.University officials cautioned students to not fall in the trap of agents who claim to help applicants in getting admission in any college by paying extra money. “Be wary of people who claim they can get you admission in any college if you pay money. There is no management quota, no NRI quota in Delhi,” said J.M. Khurana, dean students’ welfare.Most of the queries from students were around the best-four policy for cutoffs and admissions for Extra Curricular Activities (ECA) and sports quota. Khurana said the best-four calculation will include one language, two academic or elective subjects and the subject in which admission is being sought. “In case a student does not include the subject, in which he seeks admission, in his best four percentage, he or she will face a deduction of 2.5 per cent,” he said.The ‘Open Days’ sessions will be held till May 30 from 10 am to 1 pm, except on Sundays, at the varsity’s conference centre.last_img read more