Troy Woman Arrested for Allegedly Selling Fake Raffle Tickets


By Brittany Bivins

A Troy woman is charged with felony theft by deception after she allegedly sold more than 450 raffle tickets to raise money for a child that may not exist.

Investigators say 43-year-old Lisa Haynes collected more than $900 for the raffle. According to the ticket, the money was supposed to go to the family of a 1-year-old boy with cancer. Haynes allegedly told ticket buyers the family needed money to help with transportation to his medical appointments.

According to Sgt. Benny Scarbrough with the Troy Police Department, officers arrested Haynes Thursday after they were tipped off by someone approached by her. "She says she knows the child, but there's no funds being given to this child, if the child even exists," he said.

When police interviewed Haynes, they found ticket stubs inside her vehicle, but no sign of the cash. She allegedly told investigators she used the money to support "a habit that she had," according to Scarbough.

Police say they have not been able to locate the child or his family. Haynes was transferred to the Pike County Jail, where she posted a $2,500 bond and was released.