In fact, Kurland was the one stealing tens of millions from his clients, federal prosecutors said on Tuesday. And he allegedly worked with a known mob associate to execute his scheme.
An indictment from the U.S. attorney of the Eastern District of New York alleges that Kurland, 46, defrauded three lottery winning clients out of $107 million. One of his alleged partners was Christopher Chierchio, 52, who prosecutors say is a known soldier for the Genovese crime family.
“The defendants callously thought they could line their pockets with lottery winnings without consequence, but today their luck ran out,” said Seth D. DuCharme, the acting U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, in a news release.
All four men pleaded not guilty in the Brooklyn court on Tuesday. A lawyer for Kurland did not immediately respond to a message. Chierchio’s lawyer denied his client’s connection to the mob. “He