If movies such as A Simple Plan, Fargo and The Ladykillers have taught us anything, it's that criminals always never get away with their high-concept schemes. Three men who are accused of ripping off $3 million from an immigrant worker may have done well to heed those movies' underlying lessons.

Officials say that the three men, Atif Ali, Riaz Khan, and Mubeen Ashraf, convinced the immigrant that he’d be deported if he claimed the winnings on the $3 million lottery ticket he got at the Spring Valley convenience store owned by Khan (and where Ali was a clerk). According to Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe, the suspects negotiated with the man, who is living in the U.S. illegally, promising him a portion of the winnings if he included them as co-purchasers of the ticket when claiming the prize; the man who bought the ticket was entitled to the winnings, regardless of immigration status.

Once the prize was claimed, police believe the three suspects cut the immigrant out of the winnings entirely. After taxes on both payments, the suspects received just over $500,000. All three have now been charged with a felony count of first-degree grand larceny. On the plus side, at least no one was subjected to Tom Hanks talking in a southern accent for this caper.