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Raleigh neighbors accused of lottery fraud

Posted November 29, 2011 7:53 p.m. EST
Updated November 30, 2011 10:28 a.m. EST

— 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.