Court: Police can seize $1M lottery prize

On July 13, 2012, in Cops, Courts, by djeyli

The Court of Appeals has ruled that a southwestern Oregon city’s police department can confiscate a $1 million cash prize which was originally awarded to a woman.

Police claim that she bought a scratch ticket through ‘illegal means’ in 2005.

45-year-old Christina Elizabeth Goodenow argues that stripping her of the winnings was excessive punishment.

In 2005, Goodenow stole the identity of her boyfriend’s deceased mother and used her Visa card to make $12,000 in purchases, including the winning lottery ticket.

She pleaded no contest to the crimes and was sentenced to probation.

As part of her sentencing, the lottery money was forfeited to the Medford Police Department. Police agencies in Oregon can collect money gained through criminal activity.

According to police, a portion of the money would be used to expand the evidence and property room. About 10 percent of the money will go to the state’s general fund, in accordance with forfeiture laws

Goodenow, in an attempt to keep her winnings, filed an appeal in 2007.

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