"Scammed" Lottery Winner Detained by Immigration - NBC4 Washington

"Scammed" Lottery Winner Detained by Immigration

Fraud case will move forward, attorneys said



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    A local undocumented immigrant who claims he was scammed after hitting a lottery jackpot is facing a new legal challenge.

    Ramon Ortiz is being detained by immigration authorities, his lawyer said.

    Ortiz hit the lottery in Maryland two years ago. Because he doesn't have a Social Security number, he asked a coworker to claim the $450,000 lottery payout for him. He said that coworker kept the money.

    Ortiz and his wife filed a lawsuit alleging fraud.

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    Their attorney said the fraud case will move forward while Ortiz's immigration status is decided.

    The coworker’s attorney insists his client did not take anyone’s money.  He said there was a confidential agreement between the two.