An Illinois correctional officer has found himself on the wrong side of the law after being charged with two felonies when he allegedly created and tried to cash a $20,000 winning lottery ticket.
At the beginning of last October, a man reportedly made an attempt to collect winnings from an inauthentic scratch-off lottery ticket. The ticket was said to be altered in a way that caused it to appear as if should pay out $20,000 to the lucky holder.
The Illinois State Police got word of the alleged attempted fraud in the middle of December, and they were informed that the perpetrator was believed to be 46-year-old corrections officer Darrell Barry.
After gathering information during a 7-month investigation the authorities reported that they had enough evidence to warrant charging Barry as the party responsible for the alleged scam.
Charges for class 3 felony forgery, and class 4 felony violation of the Illinois Lottery Law – Alter Lottery Ticket, were authorized by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office on July 12.
Five days after the charges were issued, Barry turned himself over to the Illinois State Police for the allegations made against him.
Barry was booked and incarcerated in lieu of $25,000 bond, and he has a court appearance scheduled on Thursday.
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