From IJReview: Fifty-one-year-old Barbara Quiles is a retired nurse who has been living on disability. She suffers from “lupus, bulging discs, spinal stenosis and has had two hip replacement surgeries.”
She claims that she sent her then 19-year-old daughter Linza Ford out to buy a scratch lottery ticket for her one day back in 2012. As luck would have it, the ticket won a $1 million prize.
Quiles claims she had Ford accept the prize because she was too sick and wanted to protect the money from inheritance issues for her daughters — not because she wanted to stay eligible to receive government disability checks.
Ford took the winning ticket into the lottery headquarters in Harlem and claimed the prize in December 2012, writes the New York Post:
“It was my ticket, signed by me,” Ford said. “I went to the office in the Bronx. [My mom] even went with me to claim the ticket.”
Ford had the $31,152 installment payments set up for deposit into her personal account. She gave her mom access via a debit card.
Ford closed out that account in 2014, cutting off her mother’s access. Several sources report it was due to Quiles using the fund for multiple cosmetic surgeries.
…she needs an emergency order against daughter Linza Ford “to immediately cease any further use of my lottery winnings” and to “return all of my lottery winnings she has taken from me.”
Ford “betrayed and left me,” the mom, who’s suing her daughter over the missing cash, said in an affidavit.
The pair is scheduled to appear in court on October 22 to resolve the case.
What’s more, Quiles was charged with welfare fraud in 1989, which resulted in five years of probation and a $7,500 restitution order.