Florida Couple Charged for Allegedly Faking $1 Million Lottery Ticket to Win Top Prize  

Kira Enders and Dakota Jones were charged with grand theft of more than $100,000 after allegedly attempting to tape two different lottery tickets together.  

A Florida couple has been accused with allegedly producing a fraudulent winning lotto ticket.  

Kira Enders, 36, and Dakota Jones, 32, of Defuniak Springs, Fla., are charged with larceny/grand theft of more than $100,000 and passing a forged/altered state lottery ticket with the purpose to defraud, according to the Escambia County Jail's booking database.  

According to allegations from the Escambia County Sheriff's Office and CBS News Miami, Enders attempted to return what she claimed was a winning $50 scratch-off ticket from the Florida Lottery game 500X the Cash.  

Authorities informed CBS News Miami that the ticket showed evident altercations, and what Enders tried to present to the Florida Lottery was supposedly two tickets "crudely" put together.  

"They had someone who thought they could take two tickets, put them together, and pretend they were a million-dollar winner," Escambia Sheriff Chip Simmons told the site.  

According to the Pensacola News Journal, Special Agent Richard Pisanti received a call from Enders on March 7 inquiring about the ticket's status. The investigator invited her to come to the Florida Lottery office on March 11, and both Enders and Jones, who drove her there, were "immediately detained and separated for investigation," according to the outlet.  

According to the complaint, Enders allegedly asked Pisanti, "What, they don't go together?" Jones said that "they are honest people and aren't into fraud."  

Jones was arrested and placed into the Escambia County Jail on April 16, while Enders was jailed two days later, on April 18.  "  

Enders and Jones were released from jail on April 19 with $20,000 and $17,500 bonds, respectively, and are scheduled to appear in court on May 10, according to Escambia County Jail records. It wasn't immediately clear if the couple had a lawyer to speak on their behalf.  

The April 12, 2024 Edition of Your Daily FinanceScope 

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