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Woman Charged With Lottery Fraud

ELGIN, Ill., (UPI) — An Illinois woman is facing felony attempted theft and forgery charges for trying to cash in a lottery ticket purchased after the drawing.

Authorities said Leandria Williams, 28, of Elgin, purchased a lottery ticket using the winning numbers from the $656 million Mega Millions drawing only moments after the numbers were announced March 30 and attempted to pass it off as a winning ticket April 4, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Wednesday.

Investigators said Williams falsified documents to make it appear that she had purchased the ticket prior to the drawing.

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart’s office announced Williams was indicted Monday on felony charges of attempted theft and forgery. She was previously charged with a felony count of wire fraud.

Williams was released on $10,000 bail and is due back in court May 9.

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