Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Body of missing lottery millionaire Abraham Shakespeare found under concrete

Abraham Shakespeare became an overnight millionaire after winning a lottery jackpot

US detectives have confirmed that a body buried under a concrete slab in a rural backyard was missing lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare, who vanished nine months ago.

Winning millions of dollars in the Florida Lottery should have been the best thing that ever happened to him, but with his new-found wealth in 2006 - 17 million dollars (£10.6 million) in a lump sum payment - came a string of hangers-on who constantly hit him up for money.

The home Shakespeare was found behind belongs to the boyfriend of a woman who befriended him in 2007. Authorities believe he was murdered and the woman may know something about it, but they do not yet know how he died and have not arrested anyone.

Shakespeare's brother, Robert Brown, said Shakespeare often wished he had never bought the winning ticket. "'I'd have been better off broke.' He said that to me all the time," Brown said.

Hillsborough County sheriff's detectives used fingerprints to identify Shakespeare's body, which they found covered by a concrete slab.

Before 2006, Shakespeare was an assistant truck driver who lived with his mother. He was barely literate and had a criminal record. After he won the lottery, he bought a million-dollar home and was extremely generous to others.

Among the new acquaintances Shakespeare made was Dorice Donegan "DeeDee" Moore. She told him she was interested in writing a book about his life, but officials said she was interested in his money.

Moore, whose known phone numbers were all disconnected on Friday, became something of a financial adviser to Shakespeare. Property records show her company, American Medical Professionals, bought his home for 655,000 dollars (£409,000) a year ago. Not long afterward, detectives said, she helped him open a company and gave herself the ability to sign for money. She withdrew one million dollars (£625,000) and later told detectives Shakespeare gave her the cash as a gift. She bought a Hummer, a Corvette and a truck, and went on vacation.

"DeeDee Moore is a con artist," Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said in a news release earlier this month. "DeeDee Moore has cheated Abraham Shakespeare out of his money, and possibly his life."

A tip led detectives to Shakespeare's grave site this week, behind a home owned by 26-year-old Shar Krasniqi, identified by Judd as Moore's boyfriend.

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