"Muslim Storeowner Steals $5 Mil Lottery Ticket from Infidel, Gets 25 Years in Jail"
Front Page Magazine
This is a story about an immigrant and small businessman who was victimized just because he was Muslim
Mike Ashkar said his nephews and brother have unfairly been judged by the public based on flimsy evidence.
“Everybody’s having a field day with Andy’s story,” Mike Ashkar said. “There’s no proof, but nowadays it doesn’t matter. If you’re an Arab and a Muslim, you’re guilty until proven innocent. They want to slam you right into the ground.There’s no question but that this is another case of Islamophobia gone wrong.
The brothers’ lawyer said Wednesday they did not immediately cash in the ticket because they worried about the family’s safety in the rough neighborhood if it became know they had come into money and about the potential embarrassment in their small Palestinian Muslim community from winning at gambling, a forbidden practice.I bet. But here’s how it looks in our world.
“They don’t understand why this is happening,” Durr said. “They think everything they did made sense in their world.”
A New York court sentenced on Tuesday Palestinian Authority Arab-American Andy Ashkar up to 25 years in jail for stealing a winning $5 million lottery ticket from its rightful owner, Robert Miles.And the judge didn’t seem too taken with the Islamophobia excuse.
Onondaga County Judge Joseph Fahey imposed the maximum sentence on Andy Ashkar on a conviction of criminal possession of stolen property.
“Mr. Ashkar, let me tell you something,” Fahey said. “You exhibited some of the most rapacious greed I’ve seen in a long, long time.”