Peel police officer wins lottery after being charged with fraud
Const. Carlton Watson won $275,000 after he was
arrested on 46 fraud and breach of trust charges in relation to a
large-scale insurance scam.
A Peel Regional Police officer facing 46 fraud and breach of trust charges
in relation to a large-scale insurance scam won the lottery after he was
Const. Carlton Watson, 50, who is suspended with pay pending the outcome of
his trial, said his dreams came true when he won $275,000 in the March 12,
2012 Daily Keno draw.
A quarter-million dollars richer, Watson told OLG staff he felt “wonderful”
as he claimed his prize.
With his criminal trial pending, Watson said at the time he planned to use
his windfall towards his children’s education and other financial
About a year before winning Keno, Watson was arrested following an internal
investigation by Peel police.
Watson, 50, a 21-year veteran of the force, faces 46 charges, including
multiple counts of fraud, obstructing justice, uttering forged documents and
breach of trust, in connection with the nine insurance claims dating back to
Watson has been suspended with pay since he was arrested in the spring of
2011 following an investigation by the force’s Internal Affairs Bureau.
His defence lawyer, Susan Jane von Achten, said the lottery win came well
after her client’s arrest and has nothing to do with the case.
OLG spokesperson Tony Bitonti said essentially, there is nothing stopping
someone accused or convicted of criminal wrongdoing of claiming a lottery
“If you are the legitimate owner of that ticket, we’ll pay you that prize,”
The OLG has a “prize claim review process” for winners only to determine if
they are the legitimate owner of the ticket. Staff also checks the winner’s
name with the provincial government’s Family Responsibility Office, which
collects, distributes and enforces court-ordered child and spousal support,
in case there are payments owing, Bitonti said.
If the winner owes money in taxes, that is handled by the Canada Revenue
Agency, Bitonti said.
Watson’s trial is ongoing this week in Brampton court.