(Trends Wide) — A woman has been arrested and charged in connection with collecting her cousin’s $ 1 million winning lottery ticket in New York and keeping the money, according to police.
Iris Argueta, 32, was tasked by her cousin last year to collect the winning lottery ticket because she wanted to remain anonymous, according to a joint press release from the Nassau County Prosecutor’s Office and the Police Department. from Glen Cove.
His cousin agreed to pay him US $ 50,000 in exchange for claiming the prize of the US $ 5 lottery ticket that he bought in Glen Cove, New York, according to the statement.
Argueta, who was living in Virginia at the time, went to his cousin’s residence, took possession of the winning ticket and mailed it to the New York State Lottery to claim the winnings, according to police.
She opted to receive the prize money as a one-time payment from lottery officials amounting to more than $ 537,000, according to a press release from lottery officials in December 2020.
Argueta told his cousin that the lottery ticket actually only won $ 20,000 and gave him an envelope with $ 13,436, claiming the rest was taken out for taxes, according to the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office. Argueta even presented his cousin with false documentation from lottery officials detailing the winnings, according to police.
The victim went to police after seeing the press release from lottery officials stating that Argueta had indeed claimed the $ 1 million lottery ticket, the statement said.