Suspended Boston cop Dana Lamb of Roslindale got six months probation yesterday for trying to skip out on the taxes he owed on a $10,000 winning lottery scratch ticket.
Lamb pleaded guilty in April to a federal charge of filing a false document with the IRS.
According to the US Attorney's office, after Lamb, now 57, realized he had a winner in 2020, he sold it to a convenience-store operator for $7,500 in cash. That store owner then sold it to yet another person, who then cashed in the ticket, leaving Lamb with money he didn't report on his federal taxes - to the tune of some $1,800.
As part of his plea deal, Lamb and the US Attorney's office in Boston had originally agreed on a sentence of twelve months probation. In a filing with the judge, prosecutors explained why they wanted that reduced to just six months - which the judge agreed to:
[D]efendant has provided information helpful to a larger tax fraud and money laundering conspiracy prosecution, in which those defendants are charged with cashing winning lottery tickets on behalf of other individuals for a fee. Individuals who purchase winning lottery tickets will sell these tickets at a discount for cash. These transactions typically occur with convenience store owners and employees. These tickets are then sold by these store owners/employees to the defendants in the related prosecution who ultimately cash them with the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission.
Defendant was immediately forthcoming about conduct that gave rise to the instant prosecution, including his failure to report gambling winnings to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). He provided helpful and credible information to the government in the above-referenced prosecution. For these reasons, it is the government’s view that a sentence of 6 months probation, a fine as the Court deems appropriate, $1,800 restitution to the IRS, and a $50 special assessment is sufficient, but not greater than necessary to satisfy the goals of [the IRS reporting law].
The filing does not go into more detail on the larger scheme.
In 2021, a Watertown man and his two sons were indicted on charges they evaded hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes on the $21 million in scratch tickets they redeemed over a decade.
The sentence does not end Lamb's legal issues. He was suspended not because of the lottery scheme but on state charges that he allegedly pointed a gun at a family member during a dispute.