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Raleigh neighbors accused of lottery fraud

Posted November 29, 2011
Updated November 30, 2011

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— Two Raleigh women are accused of falsely redeeming thousands of dollars in lottery tickets.

Arrest warrants filed by the State Bureau of Investigation indicate that Corey Ann Montejano, 33, of 3341 Wills Grove Lane Apt. 201, and Patricia A. Barakat, 44, of 3341 Wills Grove Lane, Apt. 20, redeemed winning lottery tickets from the North Carolina Education Lottery and several local grocery stores between March 12, 2008 and Sept. 24, 2011.

Montejano got $24,550 in the scheme, and Barakat got $12,840, the warrants state.

Montejano faces nine counts of obtaining property by false pretenses, and Barakat eight counts of the same charge.

Warrants indicate that the women represented themselves "as the lawful owners of the winning lottery tickets to redeem them for money when in fact the winning lottery tickets had never been lawfully purchased."

The warrants do not state how they might have obtained the tickets in question.

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  • LuvLivingInCary Nov 30, 2011

    so now we know the truth why i never win...after 380K of ticket value theirs only 36K in winnings..what a scam...

  • orionsteve Nov 30, 2011

    Much better article at the N&O

    Investigators say Barakat stole $389,001 worth of lottery tickets from the Lowe's store where she worked. Then she went to area Lowe's, Food Lion and Kroger grocery stores with winning lottery tickets that she wanted to redeem for cash, court records show.
    gingerlynn

    thanks Gingerlynn. WRAL has some patheticlly inept "journalists". This is almost as bad as one of their crime reports where the suspect was "wearing jeans and was last seen leaving the store".

  • The7thSeal Nov 30, 2011

    say it isn't so.....

  • bubbba Nov 30, 2011

    The NC Lottery Scam almost got scammed itself...

  • technetium9 Nov 30, 2011

    Silly girls only the state can make money on the poor tax um the "education lottery"

  • gingerlynn Nov 30, 2011

    Much better article at the N&O

    Investigators say Barakat stole $389,001 worth of lottery tickets from the Lowe's store where she worked. Then she went to area Lowe's, Food Lion and Kroger grocery stores with winning lottery tickets that she wanted to redeem for cash, court records show.

  • dewnit4fun Nov 30, 2011

    is that the reason i have not won any thing lately ?????

  • carolinarox Nov 30, 2011

    They work for the lottery that's why they will not say how they got the tickets. zile1porkey

    If they work for the lottery then they are not allowed to participate and we not have been awarded the prize money.

  • dsdaughtry Nov 30, 2011

    I agree that the story is very vague

  • zile1porkey Nov 30, 2011

    They work for the lottery that's why they will not say how they got the tickets.

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