Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Nigerian lottery scam victim in Brooksville accused of defrauding others out of $500,000

BROOKSVILLE -- A Brooksville woman believed to have been victimized by a Nigerian lottery scam has been accused of conning others out of roughly $500,000 in similar ventures.

According to the Brooksville Police Department, Doris Siegel, 78, of 6405 Roscommon Road, approached multiple victims from January 2008 through this month and asked for money claiming she won the lottery in Holland.

Police said they told Siegel in 2004 that likely was a victim of a Nigerian Lottery Scam or Foreign Lottery based on correspondence that she had received. She used that information and deception, they said in a report, to fraudulently obtain money from other people.

Siegel was captured on surveillance tape lying to several of the victims, the report states, adding that she later admitted to detectives that she lied to the victims to obtain their money.

The lottery scams take several forms, usually asking victims to put up their own money in return for a piece of the lottery winnings.

Siegel also got money from victims after claiming to have started a mission in Guatemala, which does not exist, according to the police.

The approximate amount stolen was $500,000, from at least five victims. Siegel was arrested on charges of organized fraud and is being held on $50,000 bond at the Hernando County Jail.

Nigerian lottery scam victim in Brooksville accused of defrauding others out of $500,000 03/24/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 9:29pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. For starters: Rays at Orioles, facing another old friend in Jeremy Hellickson

    Blogs

    The Rays take on the Orioles again tonight and will face another old friend for the first time, as RHP Jeremy Hellickson will take the mound for the home team.

    Hellickson was drafted by the Rays in 2005 and pitched for them from 2010-14, then was traded to Arizona. He has since bounced to the Phillies and …

  2. Pinellas construction licensing board needs to be fixed. But how?

    Local Government

    LARGO –– Everyone agrees that the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board needs to be reformed. But no one agrees on how to do it.

    Rodney Fischer, former executive director of the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board Rodney, at a February meeting. His management of the agency was criticized by an inspector general's report. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]

  3. Charles Bradley, acclaimed Florida soul singer, dies at 68

    Blogs

    Acclaimed Florida R&B powerhouse Charles Bradley, whose raw, pained voice earned him the nickname the Screaming Eagle of Soul, has died of cancer at 68, his representatives announced Saturday.

    Charles Bradley performed at the 2016 Gasparilla Music Festival.
  4. Kriseman and Baker cash race continues as campaigns officially reset

    Blogs

    The mayoral campaign, mostly operating in stealth mode during the two weeks of Hurricane Irma's build-up, arrival and recovery, has entered its stretch run, a compressed schedule of ten days before ballots are mailed to tens of thousands of voters in the Sunshine City.

    Mayor Rick Kriseman and former mayor Rick Baker are emerging from Hurricane Irma mode and getting back into campaign form
  5. Bucs have chance to beat Vikings in their third stadium

    Bucs

    Here's a cool sign that the Bucs are getting up there as an NFL franchise: If Tampa Bay can win Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium, it will mark the first time the Bucs have posted road wins against the same NFL opponent in three different stadiums.

    TIMES ARCHIVES (2012) | Bucs RB Doug Martin runs during Tampa Bay's 36-17 win at the Vikings in 2012, in what was then called Mall of America Field. If Tampa Bay wins Sunday, it will mark the first time they have road wins against the same NFL opponent in three different stadiums.