Elderly Woman Falls Victim to $20,000 Scam Involving Fake Lottery Ticket in Illinois
Illinois Scam Artists Exploit Elderly Victim with Elaborate Fake Lottery Ticket Ruse
According to source, three Colombian migrants—Miguel Pena-Gomez (43), Liliana Nagles-Cuesta (49), and Angela Posada-Acosta (45)—were apprehended and accused of theft by deception for orchestrating a scheme involving a fake lottery ticket. This scam targeted a woman over 60 years old, resulting in the loss of more than $20,000 at an Illinois grocery store. The deceptive act transpired on November 7 outside Caputo’s Fresh Market near Chicago, where the trio zeroed in on the vulnerable elderly victim in the parking lot. Pena-Gomez kickstarted the fraudulent scheme by approaching the woman, asserting possession of a fake lottery ticket purportedly worth $6 million but stressing the need for funds to claim the winnings.
Adding a layer of deceit, Nagles-Cuesta entered the scene, providing assistance in Spanish. Reportedly, she contacted fake lottery authorities, informing the victim that Pena-Gomez required $30,000 to secure his alleged winnings. Having successfully convinced the victim, Nagles-Cuesta promptly departed, indicating her intention to withdraw money from her bank. Upon her return, they drove to the victim’s bank, where she withdrew a substantial $20,143.
Subsequently, under the guise of further assistance, the victim was persuaded to take Pena-Gomez to a pharmacy, providing him an opportunity to abscond with the money from the fake lottery ticket left in the car’s glove compartment.