PRESCOTT, Ariz. — A 30-year-old Paulden woman faces only probation instead
of more than 13 years in prison after pleading guilty to running a raffle scam
and drug charges.
Sonia Rios advertised raffle tickets with a grand prize of a pickup truck
online last year and sold $20 tickets to at least two dozen people in the Chino
Valley and Paulden areas. Yavapai County sheriff’s spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn
said she claimed the money was to help a sick infant and kept selling tickets
after the raffle ended.
She was using another name but a deputy following up on a complaint tracked her
down and found evidence of the fraud.
The Prescott Daily Courier reports that Rios pleaded
guilty this week and will be formally sentenced on May 20.