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May 7, 2012

Mother Claims Son Stole $51 Million Lottery Winnings (CA. USA)

By Jose Gaspar,
May 4, 2012
BAKERSFIELD, Calif.

A Bakersfield family finds itself in a legal dispute over a $51 Million Lottery Jackpot, with the mother accusing her son of financial elder abuse.

What is not in dispute is that in May 2011, 76-year-old Etta May Urquhart bought the winning lotto ticket at the Stuarts Oak Street Mobil gas station with money from her retirement income, according to a complaint filed by Urquhart's attorney, Barry Goldner.

But Urquhart was overwhelmed by the news she had won that she couldn't sign her name to endorse the winning ticket.

"She was shaking so badly, she couldn't even function and she couldn't even hold a pen," said Goldner.

So Urquhart had her son, Ronnie Lee Orender sign his name to the winning ticket.

In court documents, Urquhart claims her son has used the money to buy four homes, ten cars, a watercraft, a motor home and given cash gifts to his daughters totaling around $350,000. The claims states
Orender has put millions into accounts where she can't touch the money.

"It wasn't that she wanted all of the money for herself, she's 76 years old," said Goldner. "She wanted to be able to help her entire family and do good things in the community with the money," he said.

Attempts to speak with Orender were unsuccessful. When Eyewitness News approached his home, we were asked to leave.

Goldner obtained a Temporary Protective Order freezing all assets and accounts.

The matter will be back in court later in May.

 SOURCE:         The Bakersfield Now
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