The court case took place in Houston County, Georgia. Tony Cua-Toc, 27, of Guatemala has been in the United States illegally since 2000.
The story goes something like this:
Cua-Toc purchased the winning ticket November 17, 2010 but because he was illegal, he did not cash in the ticket. He had Erick Cervantes, owner of a Fort Valley business and Cua-Toc’s boss, claim the winnings.
After cashing in the winnings, Cervantes kept the money for himself.
Now if this is really what happened then it seems to me that Cervantes was trying to take advantage of the situation.
From what I had read, this is a case I think I agree with. Just because someone is an illegal immigrant should not ultimately mean we are able to confiscate all of his stuff. He may not have the right to be here and we ought to deport him but we shouldn’t strip him of all his wealth. Of course it would be great if we could deduct all unpaid back taxes, charge him for his own deportation, deduct any governmental assistance and free resources if ever offered to him.
Cua-Toc will most likely be deported according to the Macon.com but one thing gets lost in all of this. The business owner broke the law by knowingly hiring an illegal immigrant.
And are illegal immigrants even allowed to play the lotto?