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Police reveal financial picture of slain lottery winner

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LAKELAND, Fla. — A leather folder may hold the key to the cash and assets taken from slain Lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare and what may be owed to his estate.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Detective Preston Hollis got the folder Jan. 31 from Linda Donegan of Plant City, the mother of Dorice "DeeDee" Moore. Moore was arrested Feb. 2 and charged by HCSO with Shakespeare's murder.

In response to a search warrant, Donegan handed Hollis currency, jewelry and the leather folder holding financial documents, according to an affidavit used to obtain the search warrant and that recently has become public. The leather folder was left in her care in case Moore was arrested, Donegan told investigators.

Donegan could not be reached for comment on this story.

"Based on the investigation conducted to this point, investigators have reason to believe that a search of the brown leather folder will produce records pertaining to the financial relationships and financial transactions among Abraham Shakespeare, DeeDee Moore, American Medical Professionals LLC, which is Ms. Moore's business, her (former) boyfriend, Shar Krasniqi, Shakespeare and Associates LLC, Abraham Shakespeare LLC, and David Howard Stitzel," stated the affidavit filed in Hillsborough County Court in April.

The Hillsborough Sheriff's Office and the State Attorney's Office in Tampa would not comment on how much money has been turned over.

Lakeland lawyer Stephen Martin recently announced he is trying to obtain assets Moore or her companies held or bought, including a Corvette and a Silverado pickup being held by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Martin represents Shakespeare's two young sons.

The Corvette was turned in by Krasniqi, who said Moore gave it to him. Moore was driving the Silverado at the time of her arrest.

Krasniqi told The Ledger in February that he wanted to turn in more items related to the investigation but was waiting for Hillsborough investigators to do so.

Martin said he plans to claim the two vehicles and to sell them to use the proceeds to pay for the operation of the estate and to set up trust accounts for Moses Shakespeare, 9, and Jeremiyah Shakespeare, 18 months, both of Lakeland. Martin said he is also pursuing other assets owed to the estate.

Shakespeare was last seen in April 2009 and was reported missing to the Polk County Sheriff's Office by a family member in November. His body was found Jan. 28 under a concrete slab behind a Plant City home. Because his body was found in Hillsborough County, the case is now being investigated by authorities there. Moore is charged with first-degree murder in his death and remains in the Hillsborough County Jail without bail.

In December 2009, a month before her arrest, Moore tried to sell vehicles in her possession for cash, according to the warrant affidavit. Those included a 2009 Hummer she purchased for $90,000.

Moore took the Hummer to Stingray Chevrolet and told a car salesman she needed cash quickly, the affidavit said. She sold the Hummer to the owner of the dealership and requested three separate checks: one for $5,000 for Moore, a second for $4,000 for her mother, Linda Donegan, and a final check for $40,000 for Moore.

Investigators have said Shakespeare was "functionally illiterate" and "unsophisticated in financial matters".

"The true, one-sided nature of these financial transactions provide the motive for the murder of Shakespeare," the warrant affidavit stated.

Between winning the lottery in 2006 and meeting Moore in late 2008, Shakespeare spent, gave away or loaned the majority of his winnings and had only an estimated $1.5 million in cash and assets totaling $3 million, according to investigators. Moore developed a friendship with Shakespeare after she approached him, saying she wanted to write a book about him.

Through a series of legal transactions with Shakespeare, county records show Moore transferred the majority of his cash and real estate assets to her control or to the control of her associates.

In late 2009, Moore told The Ledger she bought Shakespeare's assets as part of a plan to help him cash out and disappear from people who constantly pestered him for money. She said that plan included buying the Redhawk Bend Drive house for which Shakespeare paid $1.2 million. The Polk County Property Appraiser now lists it as worth about $615,613.

Moore said she paid Shakespeare $655,000 for the home, but Polk County detectives said there are no records to show how Moore paid for it. Moore also said Shakespeare sold to her all of the debt owed to him for $185,000, but she could not provide proof of payment.

However, investigators were able to find mortgages that totaled $383,752 that Shakespeare signed over to Moore's business, American Medical Professionals. Stitzel, the Plant City lawyer mentioned in the warrant affidavit, performed legal work for Moore and Shakespeare and prepared the transactions on the mortgages.

Investigators also discovered Shakespeare liquidated an annuity account worth approximately $250,000, and the money was transferred to Moore's business account for American Medical. Moore told investigators the money was used to pay for taxes on Shakespeare's behalf, but no records have been found to support that, the affidavit stated.

Assets in question

Between winning the lottery in 2006 and meeting Dorice "DeeDee" Moore in late 2008, investigators say Abraham Shakespeare of Lakeland spent, gave away or loaned the majority of his winnings and had only about $1.5 million in cash and assets totaling about $3 million.

Assets identified as belonging to Shakespeare or Moore include:

Mortgages Shakespeare held

  • $14,752 property at 645 W. Fourth St., Lakeland.
  • $63,000 property at 727 E. McDonald St., Plant City.
  • $69,000 property at 1103 Neville Ave., Lakeland.
  • $185,000 property at 3075 Sire Trail, Lakeland.
  • $185,000 unknown address for Rodman Development.

Real estate

  • $615,613 house at 9340 Redhawk Bend Drive that Shakespeare bought in 2007 and Moore said she purchased for $655,000.
  • $159,909 house at 5802 E. U.S. 60 where Shakespeare's body was found and Moore purchased with a check from Abraham Shakespeare LLC but is titled in the name of Moore's former boyfriend, Shar Krasniqi.

Moore's purchase of assets

  • Jan. 29, 2009, a 2009 Lincoln MKS.
  • Feb. 21, 2009, a 2008 Chevrolet Corvette from Stingray Chevrolet for Krasniqi for $70,390.
  • March 2, 2009, a 2009 Hummer for $90,000.
  • April 14, 2009, traded Lincoln MKS for a 2009 Chevy Silverado.
  • November 2009, took a BMW that Shakespeare purchased in 2007 and sold it to Stingray Chevrolet for $37,000.

Cash

  • $49,000 for a 2009 Hummer Moore sold to the owner of Stingray Chevrolet.

American Medical Professionals

  • From 2005 through 2009, Moore's company earned a profit of $720,000.

 

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Posted: June 18, 2010, 9:34 am - IP Logged

This case is enraging. The more details that come to light, the sicker I get.

If justice is not served in the court system, it will be served elsewhere. She deserves whatever happens to her. What goes around, comes

around and the sooner, the better.

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    Posted: June 18, 2010, 11:29 am - IP Logged

    Yea.. She Deserves Everything She Get's! This Was Premeditated & She Knew He Was Easy Prey.

    **Almost Doesn't Count**

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      Posted: June 18, 2010, 12:03 pm - IP Logged

      She is one peice of work.

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        Posted: June 18, 2010, 12:13 pm - IP Logged

        Don't worry, she's got it coming...just you wait and see.

        "All great achievements require time."

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          Posted: June 18, 2010, 12:39 pm - IP Logged

          I just wonder why did they kill him.  i mean come on, she was driving around in expensive cars, had houses.  now if they wouldnt have killed him she would probally be still spending his money and living a nice life. smh

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            Posted: June 18, 2010, 1:19 pm - IP Logged

            As dede moore words states, she was helping a man that got taken advantage of, and that is what she did, she took his kindness for weakness and due to her greed wanted more and did the awful thing killing this kind man, she is evil and I hope justice is serviced and his family can carry on cherishing the sweet happy memories of the son, uncle, brother, nephew, cousin, and a great friend Mr Shakespeare has left behind.

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              Posted: June 18, 2010, 4:40 pm - IP Logged

                          R. I. P.  Abraham Shakespeare......your babies will be taken care of.

                                                                        Patriot

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                Posted: June 18, 2010, 5:16 pm - IP Logged

                she is a rhymes with witch!

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                  Posted: June 18, 2010, 5:37 pm - IP Logged

                  The faster they put her to sleep , the better off . She's a sick twisted woman.

                  Did you exchange a walk on part in the war ?

                  For a lead role in a cage?

                   

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                    Posted: June 18, 2010, 5:53 pm - IP Logged

                    I say send her to Utah for the firing squad.

                    She deserves no less!

                    I have very little money ........ but I never think of taking someone else's money ....... it is not mine!

                    I guess that I think a little different than some people ..............

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                      Posted: June 18, 2010, 8:51 pm - IP Logged

                      I say send her to Utah for the firing squad.

                      She deserves no less!

                      I have very little money ........ but I never think of taking someone else's money ....... it is not mine!

                      I guess that I think a little different than some people ..............

                      Twitch just my .02

                      but I'd think her and her associates ought to be shipped overseas in nutting but thar undies after they've been tarred and feathered

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                        Posted: June 18, 2010, 9:16 pm - IP Logged

                        I just wonder why did they kill him.  i mean come on, she was driving around in expensive cars, had houses.  now if they wouldnt have killed him she would probally be still spending his money and living a nice life. smh

                        He probably started to ask questions or say no to the viper that he had trusted.Unhappy  I hope that he rests in peace!

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                          Posted: June 18, 2010, 9:59 pm - IP Logged

                          I just wonder why did they kill him.  i mean come on, she was driving around in expensive cars, had houses.  now if they wouldnt have killed him she would probally be still spending his money and living a nice life. smh

                          Poor guy.   He should be carefree living in the Bahama's.  RIP  Abraham.     I think she probably got in over her head extorting him...she probably kept demanding more money for her and her associates.  Either him or someone in his family smelt a rat and he confronted her.......  This woman probably deserves more than she will get...but I hope justice is done and doesn't get off on a technicality or lousy plea deal..

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                            Posted: June 19, 2010, 1:20 am - IP Logged

                            His first mistake was giving a press conference in 2006 announcing a charity foundation. That's an open call for predators and con artists. 

                            I understand they have to release your name, but does FLA. really require a press conference???

                            "...a chance to push everything aside, the circumstances that've controlled our lives, and do it our way now. Good, bad or otherwise. You'll maybe get lost in it, tied up in it a little bit, but if you work your way through that the real you shows up, I think. Maybe what's at your core deep down, maybe that comes out. Maybe that's what it's about." Mike Pace