Disabled vet swindled out of scratch-off lottery fortune slams accused con man in court
Added 01-14-20 12:13:02am EST - “After hitting it big, John Pickett was pressured by the head honcho of nonprofit MAG-V to invest his winnings into the agency, which provided homeless vets including Pickett with a place to stay.” - Nydailynews.com
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A disabled homeless veteran who won $1 million from a scratch-off lottery ticket only to be swindled out of half his windfall confronted the accused con man in a Brooklyn courtroom Monday.
After hitting it big, John Pickett was allegedly pressured by the head honcho of nonprofit MAG-V to invest his winnings into the agency, which provided homeless vets including Pickett with a place to stay.
Program director Michael Erber offered Pickett a permanent job and a post on MAG-V’s board of directors, as well as housing, if he invested $200,000 — but Pickett testified Monday he got nada in return.
“Not only did he take away my dream, he took away my money and left me with nothing,” Pickett testified, weeping on the stand in Brooklyn Supreme Court. The $200,000 that Pickett says he gave to Erber was nearly half of the $428,000 he took home from his $1 million lottery win in summer 2015.
After helping family and friends out, giving money to random people in the street and throwing cash into the air, Pickett, 54, says he’s back to being broke.
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