6/26/2012 7:53:00 AM Paulden woman arrested, charged with defrauding 24 in possible raffle ticket scam
Sonia Rios, 29
Courtesy the Daily Courier
Yavapai County Sheriff's deputies on Saturday arrested a woman they said sold fake raffle tickets offering a pickup truck as a prize to at least 24 people.
Sonia Rios, 29, was charged with fraudulent schemes after one victim noted that the raffle, which Rios had advertised online, was set to end May 13, but Rios was still selling tickets on May 19, said YCSO spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn.
Rios, who was using the name Gabriela Millan, sold tickets for $20 in the Chino Valley and Paulden areas, claiming the money was to benefit a premature infant at a Phoenix hospital, D'Evelyn said.
Deputies were able to get a description of her vehicle and license plate. When they first contacted her at her home in the 25000 block of Maple Drive in Paulden, on May 19, she identified herself as Millan, and told deputies a truck had not been offered, D'Evelyn said, and instead claimed a "cowboy set" was the prize.
She also denied selling tickets after May 13 and couldn't provide evidence to support the story about the infant in the hospital, D'Evelyn said.
During the first week of June, a deputy doing follow-up found out that her name was actually Rios, and on June 15, a search of her home turned up evidence of the scheme, D'Evelyn said.
She already was in custody on unrelated charges, he said, on June 23, when she was arrested. Rios is being held on $75,000 bond and an immigration hold.
Anyone who believes they may have been a victim is asked to call YCSO at 928-771-3260 and refer to case number 12-016384.