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Illinois woman accused of faking Mega Millions win

DES PLAINES, Ill. — The Cook County sheriff says an Illinois woman has been charged with falsely trying to claim part of the record $656 million Mega Millions jackpot.

The sheriff's office said Tuesday that 28-year-old Leandria Williams of Elgin was indicted on felony charges of wire fraud, attempted theft and forgery. Officials say an Illinois Department of Lottery investigator contacted the sheriff when Williams came to the department's Des Plaines office with a fake winning ticket. Lottery logs showed Williams' ticket was actually purchased after the March 30 drawing and her receipt was apparently altered.

Williams was arrested April 16. She was released on $10,000 bail on April 18. A person who answered the telephone at a listing for Williams in Elgin on Tuesday hung up.


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