A New York man gained $1 million on a scratch-off lottery ticket and requested his cousin to money it in for him — however prosecutors say she lied to him, gave him bogus paperwork and pocketed the cash herself as a substitute.
Iris Amador Argueta, 32, of Houston, was arrested Monday and arraigned Tuesday on felony costs of grand larceny and possession of solid paperwork.
All of it started a 12 months in the past, the Nassau County DA’s workplace says, when Argueta’s unnamed cousin purchased a $5 “Hold ‘Em Poker” ticket at a comfort retailer in Glen Cove. The ticket was a winner: the $1 million jackpot.
The winner wished to stay nameless, so he requested his cousin Argueta to money the ticket in for him in alternate for $50,000. She agreed, and mailed within the fortunate scratcher.
However a number of weeks later, she appeared at her cousin’s residence with allegedly solid paperwork from the New York Lottery, “showing” that he had solely gained $20,000. She gave him a bit of over $13,000 in money and stated the state took the remaining in taxes.
There was one drawback with the scheme, the DA’s workplace stated — the state lottery issued a press launch saying Argueta had claimed the prize, which had a lump-sum payout after taxes of $537,440.
When the sufferer came upon and contacted Argueta, she denied having the cash and threatened her cousin with authorized penalties if he saved contacting her.
Police and prosecutors say they’ve recovered nearly $318,000 of the cash from Argueta’s checking account.