Paulden woman accused of selling fake raffle tickets

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Sonia Rios is accused of selling fake raffle tickets. By Jennifer Thomas Sonia Rios is accused of selling fake raffle tickets. By Jennifer Thomas

PAULDEN, Ariz. -- A 29-year-old woman was arrested for fraudulent schemes after she was accused of running a fake raffle in the Chino Valley and Paulden communities.

Yavapai County Sheriff's Office spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said Sonia Rios, of Paulden, sold fraudulent raffle tickets for $10 to $20 each. Rios identified herself as Gabriela Millan during the transactions.

A victim contacted the sheriff's office after Rios came to her home on May 19 and sold her a raffle ticket that allowed an opportunity to a win Ford truck. Rios told her the money was designated to help a family whose infant was born premature and was in a Phoenix hospital.

Rios also had placed an ad on a local Spanish text internet magazine regarding the raffle.

D'Evelyn said the victim became suspicious when the online ad mentioned the raffle would be held on May 13 and Rios was still selling tickets on May 19.

Deputies located additional victims who provided a vehicle description and license plate for the car Rios was driving.

Deputies went to her home and she admitted selling raffle tickets but said a "cowboy set" was the prize. She denied selling tickets after May 13 and was unable to provide evidence to support her story regarding the infant.

Twenty-four victims have been identified so far.

Rios, who was already in custody on prior unrelated crimes, was charged with fraudulent schemes. She is being held on a bond of $75,000.

Anyone else who has been victimized by Rios should contact YCSO at 928-771-3260.