Woman was selling fake raffle tickets to support addiction

Published 11:00 pm Friday, September 7, 2012

Troy Police have released more information about a raffle ticket scam in the Troy area.

A tipster called a Troy Police investigator Thursday morning and reported that a female in a blue Montero Sport was trying to sell raffle tickets she said would benefit a one-year-old cancer patient. The caller recognized the woman from prior dealings and suspected the child was fictitious.

Police stopped Lisa Gail Haynes, 43, of Troy, on Oak Street in Troy later Thursday and found 493 raffle ticket “slips” in her vehicle representing tickets that had been sold, said Troy Police Sgt. Benny Scarbrough.

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Scarbrough reported that Haynes had been selling the tickets for $2 and told people they could win a $100 gas card for purchasing a ticket.

“She said she knew the child, but she was really selling the tickets to support her addiction,” Scarbrough said, but didn’t elaborate on what the addiction was.

The remaining tickets and slips were confiscated by police. Haynes was charged with second-degree theft by deception and her bond was set at $2,500.