N.J. Man Says Former Pal Schemed To Steal Lottery Winnings: Swimsuit

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He actually hit the jerkpot.

A New Jersey man has filed a lawsuit in opposition to his former buddy for allegedly stealing his reduce of a successful lottery ticket.

Eddie Madera and Thomas Bielski have been longtime friends who gained a “Win for Life” lottery ticket in Staten Island on June 27, 1995, based on a swimsuit Madera filed in Manhattan Supreme Courtroom.

The prize was $1,000 every week for the remainder of their lives. Then males, who labored collectively for Pink Cross Catastrophe Reduction, arrange a partnership to obtain the funds, which they divided.

Bielski dealt with paperwork for the partnership — and in 2010 hatched a scheme to take his buddy’s winnings, the swimsuit claims.

“Mr. Madera didn’t realize it, however luck and friendship weren’t ok for defendant Bielski,” courtroom paperwork says. By means of the scheme, Bielski, 47, of Bayonne, has been in a position to acquire $58,500 that ought to have gone to Madera, the lawsuit says.

After the duo purchased the successful ticket at Viraj Grocery on Morningstar Rd. they accepted an up-front fee from a finance firm protecting 20 years, Madera claims.

After twenty years, the cash — paid in quarterly installments by the New York Lottery — was to go to their partnership.

However unbeknownst to the 49-year-old Madera, Bielski filed paperwork to transferring the deposits from the partnership to a distinct account, the swimsuit says.

In 2015, Madera, of Jersey Metropolis, observed the funds ceased.

Bielski mentioned he misinterpret some paperwork and the funds have been truly going to start out the next yr, courtroom papers say.

“Bielski had for the entire years since 2010 continued to domesticate the belief and confidence of Mr. Madera, claiming nonetheless to be a household buddy,” the swimsuit says.

In 2017, the New York Lottery performed an investigation at Madera’s request and instructed him that Bielski had modified the account for prize deposits.

“The investigator suggested that he contacted (the) defendant and that of their dialog Mr. Bielski admitted that he had not given Mr. Madera his (Madera’s) share of the prize funds,”the swimsuit says.

Madera seeks his misplaced winnings and $50,000 in punitive damages and an order stopping the deposits.

His legal professional, Douglas Capuder, declined remark.

Efforts to succeed in Bielski, who now lives in Florida, have been unsuccessful.

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