Iris Amador Argueta Wiki – Iris Amador Argueta Biography
Iris Amador Argueta is a Texas woman who was arrested for stealing a $1 million lottery ticket from her Long Island cousin, who gave it to her to cash so he could remain anonymous, authorities said.
Nassau County prosecutors said Tuesday that Argueta also forged lottery paperwork to lead her kin to believe that he had only won a small fraction of the large prize.
She is 32 years old.
Woman Steals Cousin’s $1M Winning Lottery Ticket
The million-dollar malfeasance began when the victim bought a New York State Lottery $5 Hold them Poker “scratch-off” at a 7-Eleven in Glen Cove last October and scratched the ticket to reveal his seven-figure haul, authorities said.
According to a statement by prosecutors, he then asked Argueta to claim the prize for him in exchange for $50,000 to protect his identity.
The suspect drove to New York to get the ticket, which she had to mail in due to COVID-19 precautions, prosecutors said.
Weeks later, she allegedly presented her cousin with the phony note from lottery officials and handed him $13,436 in cash, telling him the state took the rest in taxes. However, officials said that the state had already issued a press release championing Argueta’s million-dollar jackpot while noting she took a $537,440 lump sum payout.
Prosecutors said that the victim confronted his cousin about the ripoff, she threatened him with legal action.
Iris Amador Argueta Arrested
Nassau County officials said they recovered more than half the stolen money from Argueta’s bank account.
“This defendant exploited her cousin’s trust, allegedly lying and manipulating him with the aim of pocketing the lion’s share of his $1 million winning lottery ticket for herself,” said Acting DA Joyce Smith.
“Thanks to a great working partnership with the Glen Cove Police Department, we’ve recovered more than $300,000 in allegedly stolen funds and will vigorously prosecute this case.”
Argueta is charged with grand theft and faces 15 years in prison.