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Ohio Woman Admits Lying in Lottery Case
Yahoo News ^ | 1/8/03

Posted on 01/08/2004 10:58:55 AM PST by marshmallow

CLEVELAND - A woman admitted through tears Thursday that she lied about losing the winning ticket for a $162 million lottery prize, saying: "I wanted to win so badly for my kids and my family."

Elecia Battle, 40, is dropping her lawsuit to block payment of the 11-state Mega Millions jackpot to the certified winner, her lawyer Sheldon Starke said.

"I wanted to win," Battle said. "The numbers were so overwhelming. I did buy a ticket and I lost it. I wanted to win so bad for my kids and my family. I apologize."

The Cleveland woman had filed a police report saying she lost the ticket, possibly when she dropped her purse outside a convenience store. The lottery dismissed the claim and declared Rebecca Jemison, 34, the winner on Tuesday.

Police Lt. Kevin Nietert said Thursday he expected Battle to be charged with filing a false police report, a misdemeanor punishable by 30 days to six months in jail.

Battle apologized to her husband, her lawyer and Jemison, saying she wanted to use the money to help her family and recently laid-off Cleveland police officers.

"I'm not a bad person, I'm really not," she said. "Everyone has a past."

Lottery officials said they knew the truth all along.

"The Ohio Lottery from the beginning had all the confidence in the world that Rebecca Jemison had the winning ticket and purchased the winning ticket," spokeswoman Mardele Cohen said.

Jemison had provided another lottery ticket purchased at the same time and location and had a lottery ticket that showed she had played the same numbers in the prior drawing, the lottery said.

Battle's police report said the ticket numbers were related to her family, and police initially said she had a credible story because she knew details such as the approximate time the winning ticket was bought.

Police and court records show Battle has a criminal history.

While working at a Richmond Heights pharmacy in 1999, Battle used a customer's credit card number to make purchases, police said. She paid a $450 fine for misuse of a credit card, and a 10-day jail sentence was suspended.

Battle was convicted in 2000 in Cleveland Heights of assault for grabbing a drug store clerk's hair and scratching her, according to police records. Battle got a six-month suspended sentence.

She was convicted of criminal trespassing in 2002 and paid restitution of about $1,250, according to South Euclid court records. Fines were suspended because she was indigent.

Jemison, a hospital telephone operator who lives in suburban South Euclid, qualified for a lump-sum payment of $67.2 million, after taxes.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: battle; everyonehasapast; forthechildren; imnotabadperson; lottery; ohio
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The lady has "issues", as they say these days.
1 posted on 01/08/2004 10:58:56 AM PST by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow
Well, I'm shocked.
2 posted on 01/08/2004 10:59:37 AM PST by Hank Rearden (Dick Gephardt. Before he dicks you.)
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To: marshmallow
She did it for her kids. Therefore, she's innocent.
3 posted on 01/08/2004 10:59:50 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: marshmallow
Same topic, different article
4 posted on 01/08/2004 11:00:21 AM PST by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
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To: All
If you don't make a donation to Free Republic, then that's one more thing you have in common with Patrick Leahy.

5 posted on 01/08/2004 11:01:46 AM PST by Support Free Republic (Hi Mom! Hi Dad!)
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To: marshmallow
Golly! Shazam. Who da thunk? ;-)
6 posted on 01/08/2004 11:02:41 AM PST by b4its2late (The Lord made man before woman to give him time to think of an answer for her first question.)
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To: marshmallow
At least she publicly admitted it. True, she was backed into a corner.
7 posted on 01/08/2004 11:04:25 AM PST by Aliska
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To: dead
"She did it for her kids."

You forgot the layed off police officers also.

8 posted on 01/08/2004 11:04:53 AM PST by HarleyD (READ Your Bible-STUDY to show yourself approved)
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To: marshmallow
What gets me mad is the liar's lawyer who, if he had any ethics, would not have troubled the true winner by all the statements he made implying that the ticket was actually up for grabs. Also the police should not have stated that the liar's story was credible. Guess they didn't want to be accused of racism so they accommodated the person bringing false witness (who for a time seemed to have the momentum).
9 posted on 01/08/2004 11:05:13 AM PST by Dialup Llama
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To: marshmallow
...she wanted to use the money to help her family and recently laid-off Cleveland police officers.

... and the homeless, and child burn victims, and abandoned puppies...

10 posted on 01/08/2004 11:07:03 AM PST by ExpatCanuck
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To: marshmallow
She might have a little nest egg built up for her family if she hasn't had to spend so much money within the criminal justice system.
11 posted on 01/08/2004 11:07:14 AM PST by doug from upland (Don't wait until it is too late to stop Hillary -- do something today!)
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To: marshmallow
I love the line, "Everyone has a past".
12 posted on 01/08/2004 11:07:39 AM PST by BunnySlippers (Help Bring Colly-fornia Back ...)
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To: marshmallow
While working at a Richmond Heights pharmacy in 1999, Battle used a customer's credit card number to make purchases. . . .

Battle was convicted in 2000 in Cleveland Heights of assault for grabbing a drug store clerk's hair and scratching her. . . .

She was convicted of criminal trespassing in 2002. . . .

"I'm not a bad person, I'm really not," she said. "Everyone has a past."

No, not like that.

13 posted on 01/08/2004 11:08:06 AM PST by Charles Henrickson (A tagline is a terrible thing to waste.)
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To: marshmallow
Well, knock me over with a feather. I would've never guessed. She seemed so credible.

saying she wanted to use the money to help her family and recently laid-off Cleveland police officers.

Uh, uh. Sure, honey. I think it's a little too late for saving face and sucking up.

14 posted on 01/08/2004 11:09:35 AM PST by tdadams
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To: marshmallow
Of course the lady was lying, because I was the one who lost the ticket. The money is mine, I tell ya......mine!!!! ALL MINE!!!! Now pay up, darn it!
15 posted on 01/08/2004 11:10:37 AM PST by Always Right
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To: Charles Henrickson
The totality of my criminal past includes pilfering a pack of Juicy Fruit gum from my dad's store when I was 8. I think I would have rather dealt with the police than my dad.
16 posted on 01/08/2004 11:11:36 AM PST by tdadams
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To: marshmallow

I'm not a bad person, the crack made me do it!"

17 posted on 01/08/2004 11:11:49 AM PST by Kenton ("Life is tough, and it's really tough when you're stupid" - Damon Runyon)
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To: marshmallow
Cry me a river.
18 posted on 01/08/2004 11:11:50 AM PST by Lady Eileen
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To: Charles Henrickson
She is right on one count - some people do have a past and have learned from it and improved themselves.

This woman is in her 40's and the dates on here crimes are 1999, 2000, 2002 -- her past is CLEAN, it is her PRESENT that is the problem.

19 posted on 01/08/2004 11:12:39 AM PST by commish (Freedom Tastes Sweetest to Those Who Have Fought to Preserve It)
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To: Charles Henrickson
In her world her past is probably small potatoes.
20 posted on 01/08/2004 11:13:01 AM PST by bonfire
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To: tdadams
I shoplifted a Playboy from the corner convenience store. But I just wanted to read the articles. Honest...
21 posted on 01/08/2004 11:13:10 AM PST by egarvue (Martin Sheen is not my president...)
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To: marshmallow
Her first mistake was not realizing that the various lotteries are virtually scam-proof. They're all set up in such a way as to make what Battle was trying to do impossible. No one is going to pull ANYTHING over on any lottery. There are too many built-in safeguards.

Michael

22 posted on 01/08/2004 11:13:24 AM PST by Wright is right! (Never get excited about ANYTHING by the way it looks from behind.)
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To: marshmallow
"I'm not a bad person, I'm really not," she said. "Everyone has a past."

Some just have more than others. And some just keep adding to theirs.

23 posted on 01/08/2004 11:14:44 AM PST by brewcrew
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To: marshmallow
While working at a Richmond Heights pharmacy in 1999, Battle used a customer's credit card number to make purchases, police said. She paid a $450 fine for misuse of a credit card, and a 10-day jail sentence was suspended.

"Misuse"? How about theft? She should've been tossed in the slam.

24 posted on 01/08/2004 11:16:00 AM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: BunnySlippers
I love the line, "Everyone has a past". Reminds me of the great Homer Simpson line: "everything looks bad, if you remember it!."
25 posted on 01/08/2004 11:16:17 AM PST by bobsatwork
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To: marshmallow
"Police Lt. Kevin Nietert said Thursday he expected Battle to be charged with filing a false police report, a misdemeanor punishable by 30 days to six months in jail".


What about Fraud?
26 posted on 01/08/2004 11:17:42 AM PST by MPJackal (Is it being paranoid if people really are out to get you?)
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To: Dialup Llama
What gets me mad is the liar's lawyer who, if he had any ethics, would not have troubled the true winner by all the statements he made implying that the ticket was actually up for grabs.

A lawyer with ethics?!? He was just hoping he'd get a nice tidy share of the winnnings.

27 posted on 01/08/2004 11:21:17 AM PST by mtbopfuyn
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To: bobsatwork
Reminds me of the great Homer Simpson line: "everything looks bad, if you remember it!."

My favorite:" Beer is both the cause of, and the solution to, most of life's problems."

28 posted on 01/08/2004 11:21:35 AM PST by WackyKat
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To: tdadams
The totality of my criminal past includes pilfering a pack of Juicy Fruit gum from my dad's store when I was 8.

I did just about the same thing! Swiped a pack of gum when I was a little kid. My uncle was with me at the time, found out what I did, and gave me a serious talking-to about how wrong it was. Never have stolen anything since.

When there is no adult authority figure (preferably male) in a person's life to impress upon one the seriousness of doing wrong, no matter how little it may start . . . well, I think we all have seen the results in our nation.

29 posted on 01/08/2004 11:22:47 AM PST by Charles Henrickson (A tagline is a terrible thing to waste.)
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To: doug from upland
She might have a little nest egg built up for her family if she hasn't had to spend so much money within the criminal justice system.

Or if she didn't waste so much money on the lottery!

30 posted on 01/08/2004 11:30:13 AM PST by jellybean (Taglines are easy...it's filling in the reply box that takes thought. :)
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To: marshmallow
If Battle had kept up this nonsense -- especially if she had managed to delay payment to the legitimate winner -- she would have greatly damaged the appeal of the lottery. Who daydreams about winning millions of dollars after lengthy court battles, aspersions on one's honesty, and perhaps even direct personal harassment by hordes of scam artists?

The politicians who depend on lotteries as a relatively painless and economically benign (if you're going to tax something, it might as well be stupidity) source of revenue are surely aware of this.

I'll bet that it was made abundantly clear to this huckster that the full prosecutorial machinery of the State of Ohio would be brought to bear if she didn't back off PDQ.

31 posted on 01/08/2004 11:30:25 AM PST by steve-b
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To: marshmallow
But it was for the children!
32 posted on 01/08/2004 11:31:43 AM PST by pabianice
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To: marshmallow
I hereby dub her:

The Battle of Bunco Haul

33 posted on 01/08/2004 11:33:11 AM PST by Charles Henrickson (A tagline is a terrible thing to waste.)
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To: Kenton
It's Bush's fault
34 posted on 01/08/2004 11:34:33 AM PST by Republicus2001
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To: Charles Henrickson
When my son was little (below the age of reason), he picked up a few things in stores, which we made him return when discovered. We worked hard to impress upon him that what he was doing was stealing and that it was wrong.

So, one day he's in the store with his grandfather, and as he's ploped in the shopping cart, my little fella says at the top of his voice, "Remember, Grandpa, no stealing today!"
35 posted on 01/08/2004 11:34:55 AM PST by radiohead
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To: WackyKat
Tops is Sideshow Bob's ever famous:
"I'll be back ... you can't keep the Democrats out of the Whitehouse forever ... and when they get in ... I'm back on the streets with all my criminal buddies ... bwaa-ha-ha-ha-ha!"
36 posted on 01/08/2004 11:35:46 AM PST by GMMAC ( lots of terror cells in Canada - I'll be waving my US flag when the Marines arrive!)
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To: WackyKat
"I like my beer cold, my television loud and my homosexuals fuh-laaaaming"
37 posted on 01/08/2004 11:37:20 AM PST by Guillermo (All Puns Intended)
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To: steve-b
I'll bet that it was made abundantly clear to this huckster that the full prosecutorial machinery of the State of Ohio would be brought to bear if she didn't back off PDQ.

I agree - it sure sounds like somebody got some rather heated telephone calls. On the filing a false police report charge, dollars to donuts that this fraudster gets probation or the minimum sentence at most as a "reward" for her "honesty."

38 posted on 01/08/2004 11:38:51 AM PST by Johnny_Cipher ("... and twenty thousand bucks to complete my robot. My GIRL robot.")
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To: WackyKat
"When will I learn? The answer to life's problems aren't at the bottom of a bottle, they're on TV!"
39 posted on 01/08/2004 11:43:08 AM PST by Guillermo (All Puns Intended)
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To: GMMAC
Favorite Grampa Simpson quote(upon receiving an unexpected royalty check meant for Bart and Lisa):

"Hey, I just got a big check for doing absolutely nothing- Hot dang! the Democrats are back in the White House"!

40 posted on 01/08/2004 11:49:01 AM PST by WackyKat
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To: marshmallow
"I'm not a bad person, I'm really not," she said. "Everyone has a past."

Yes, you are now.

41 posted on 01/08/2004 12:02:22 PM PST by glorgau
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To: WackyKat
Agreed - equally good!
Strange no one has quoted Lionel Hutz for a wealth of pertinent stuff like:
"Suprise witnesses ... each one more surprising than the last .... I tell you, the Judge won't know what hit him!"
42 posted on 01/08/2004 12:03:54 PM PST by GMMAC ( lots of terror cells in Canada - I'll be waving my US flag when the Marines arrive!)
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To: marshmallow
What does the real winner want done? She was the one accused of being a theif.
43 posted on 01/08/2004 12:06:47 PM PST by longtermmemmory (Vote!)
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To: Dialup Llama
I think the lawyer leaped before thinking or investigating. (just as bad) He must have had a slow month. It may also be that when all the information came in, he was stuck and read his client the riot act. Not defending him. Just trying to figure out what he was thinking as a lawyer beyond mere money.

If Battle's story was real, there would be a real case for a lost vs found property. It would be an interesting negotiable instruments case. He should have investigated teh story better. He should also have been a better reader of his client.

44 posted on 01/08/2004 12:12:11 PM PST by longtermmemmory (Vote!)
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To: Guillermo
"I like my beer cold, my television loud and my homosexuals fuh-laaaaming" - sounds like an excerpt from 'I Am A Bad American.'
45 posted on 01/08/2004 12:17:29 PM PST by Sloth ("I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!" -- Jacobim Mugatu, 'Zoolander')
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To: marshmallow
Typical.
46 posted on 01/08/2004 12:22:02 PM PST by sandydipper (Never quit - never surrender!)
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To: marshmallow
Oh gee, she wanted to use that money to help her family and recently laid off Cleveland police officers. LOL I hope she has to actually do some time this time around!
47 posted on 01/08/2004 12:23:25 PM PST by ruoflaw
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To: radiohead
You could not use that method of teaching these days. Even the smallest stores prosecute everyone. no exceptions. Its a sad testament to where we have reached.
48 posted on 01/08/2004 12:24:27 PM PST by longtermmemmory (Vote!)
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To: jellybean
Or if she didn't waste so much money on the lottery!

Oh, she doesn't spend any money on the lottery. She just claims she does.

Personally, I say they should charge her with the attempted theft of $162 million. And since I am currently dealing with the aftermath of some scumbag stealing my Visa check card and running up hundreds of dollars in charges on it, I'm not that sympathetic to her claim that she's made a few teensy mistakes in her past. A "mistake" is when you put on socks of two different colors. Stealing somebody else's credit card is called a crime. This woman is nothing but a liar, thief and grifter, and she needs to be locked away before she does it again or until she gets the message to stop it.

49 posted on 01/08/2004 12:55:24 PM PST by HHFi
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To: HHFi
Agreed.

This woman actually went to the trouble of retaining a lawyer and initiating litigation. That's not a spur of the moment whopper. It's an orchestrated program of fraud.

The real winner must have been on an emotional rollercoaster. Jubilant at her victory one moment, then despairing at having to battle a crook, the next.

50 posted on 01/08/2004 1:26:16 PM PST by marshmallow
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