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‘Lottery Lawyer’ trial ends with arguments over intent

By Rachel Scharf (July 25, 2022, 7:04 p.m. EDT) — The alleged criminal intent of “lottery lawyer” Jason Kurland took center stage Monday as attorneys presented their final arguments to federal jurors of Brooklyn tasked with deciding whether former Rivkin Radler LLP partner is guilty of an $80 million fraudulent scheme.

The jury is due to begin deliberating Tuesday after a day of closing arguments in the trial that opened July 13 before U.S. District Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis. Kurland is accused of funneling millions of dollars from lottery winning customers to his own small business loan companies. He was charged with wire fraud, honest services wire fraud, illegal money transactions and two related conspiracies…

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