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Winner of a Lottery Jackpot Is Accused in Check Fraud

New York LotteryNew York Lottery: Winner of a Lottery Jackpot Is Accused in Check Fraud

People who win millions of dollars in the lottery often find long-lost friends stopping by, but a Long Island woman who recently hit for $5 million found herself suddenly popular with Nassau County detectives.

The woman, Lydia Moore, 54, a health care worker from Glen Cove, won $5 million last month playing "Livin' Large" the New York Lottery's new instant scratch-off game.

She appeared at an Oct. 28 ceremony on Long Island, where a state lottery official introduced her and another winner as "our newest millionaires" to a throng of reporters and photographers. Ms. Moore was the first "Livin' Large" winner, and the photograph of her smiling and holding an oversize lottery check made the evening news broadcasts and the morning papers.

That caught the attention of Nassau County police detectives, who had identified Ms. Moore, a home attendant, as a suspect in the theft of $113,000 from her employer, an ailing 87-year-old Long Island man.

Police detectives arrested Ms. Moore last Thursday night at her home in Glen Cove, police said. She was arraigned on Friday on second-degree grand larceny charges in Hempstead District Court, said Katie M. Grilli-Robles, a spokeswoman for the Nassau County district attorney, Denis Dillon.

Ms. Grilli-Robles said that prosecutors would also be "looking into whether this could have occurred with other people she worked for."

A lawyer for Ms. Moore, James E. Toner, of Mineola, said yesterday that Ms. Moore had been freed on $25,000 bail and that she "vehemently denies the charges and looks forward to an opportunity in court to address the allegations."

His client, he said, had worked diligently seven days a week for the Long Island man since she was hired in 2000. Neither Mr. Toner nor Ms. Grilli-Robles would identify the man for whom Ms. Moore worked.

Mr. Toner would not comment on the charges, but called the timing of the arrest "very curious."

"The detectives had all the information they needed back in February to make an arrest," he said. "It's no coincidence that they decided to do it a week after she goes public with winning the lottery.''

A profile of Ms. Moore on the New York Lottery's Web site said she was a mother of two and a grandmother of three and planned to spend some of the money she had won to buy her "dream house" in Glen Cove.

Jennifer Mauer, a spokeswoman for the New York Lottery, said she requested yesterday that Ms. Moore's profile be taken off the site.

In a statement, police officials said that between January 2003 and February 2004, Ms. Moore wrote checks to herself from her employer's bank accounts. She then used a stamp with the man's signature to sign the checks, which totaled $113,165, the statement said. Police officials said they had a call from a niece of the man, who said she had detected something amiss with his accounts.

Ms. Moore bought the winning ticket on Oct. 12 at the Bayville Candy Store in Bayville, and walked outside to scratch it, the store owner, Tony Chuu, 58, said yesterday. He said Ms. Moore often bought lottery tickets from him on her way to the elderly man's house in nearby Centre Island.

"She ran back in the shop and said, 'I won big money,' " he recalled. "I said, 'How big? 500? 1,000?' And she said, 'Up.' I said, 'Uh-oh, it's the jackpot.' "

Ms. Mauer said that Ms. Moore elected to take her payout over 20 years, and that she and her husband, Claude, would each receive $125,000 a year before taxes. She received her first installment at the ceremony on Oct. 28.

Asked about Ms. Moore, Mr. Chuu said, "As long as they don't owe me money, all my customers are good people." If convicted, Ms. Moore could face up to 15 years in jail. It was unclear yesterday whether a conviction would jeopardize her winnings. "There is no legal theory I'm aware of that allows the prize to be forfeited because of this," Mr. Toner said.

Ms. Mauer said, "She's only been accused, so we don't have the authority to take action."

She added, "We have to follow whatever the court orders."

At the Oct. 28 news conference, Ms. Moore and her husband declined to speak to reporters.

"They were both very quiet; they kept to themselves," recalled Vincent Cosentino, the other lottery winner at the ceremony. Mr. Cosentino, from Elmont, won a $9 million Lotto jackpot.

New York Times

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fja's avatar - gnome1

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Posted: November 8, 2004, 9:15 am - IP Logged

The only one smiling in this case is going to be her lawyer!  125,000 a year before taxes is less than sum and more than most people make......

"Everybody has to believe in something...I believe I'll have another beer!"   = W.C.Fields                      

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    Posted: November 8, 2004, 1:09 pm - IP Logged

    u got it fja.

    the lawyer is grinning teeth to teeth

    --winner2b

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      Posted: November 9, 2004, 12:11 am - IP Logged

      ,never a dull moment

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        Posted: November 12, 2004, 11:19 am - IP Logged

        yup. i'm familiar with RPGs. I used to play Outwar, as well as Kings of Chaos. The reason I stopped was because they were putting a crapload of spyware on my computer, not because they were addicting, even though my Outwar thug had over 3000 recruits.

        I've redone my website.  Go to www.dr-ew.com.  I kept a lot of the old stuff, and I've added some new stuff.  Look for more new stuff in the coming weeks.

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          Posted: November 12, 2004, 11:23 am - IP Logged

          perhaps case law could take into effect. one time, in TX, a lotto winner was convicted of something (i think it was drug trafficking), and was sentenced to jail, and had to forefit the rest of his lotto winnings.

          I've redone my website.  Go to www.dr-ew.com.  I kept a lot of the old stuff, and I've added some new stuff.  Look for more new stuff in the coming weeks.

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            Posted: November 15, 2004, 2:29 am - IP Logged

            If she used that guy's money to buy tickets, he's the real winner. BobP

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              Posted: November 26, 2004, 6:24 pm - IP Logged
              Quote: Originally posted by LOTTOMIKE on November 9, 2004


              ,never a dull moment


              LOL right on brother
                Maverick's avatar - yinyang
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                Posted: November 26, 2004, 6:25 pm - IP Logged
                Quote: Originally posted by BobP on November 15, 2004


                If she used that guy's money to buy tickets, he's the real winner. BobP



                Yea this is a very interesting situation.