Polk County millionaire Abraham Shakespeare has been missing since April, and now detectives say a significant chunk of his money seems to be gone, too.
After winning the Florida Lottery a few years ago, Shakespeare walked away with $12 million after taxes.
"It appears, and I am very cautious, it appears, that Abraham Shakespeare is broke," said Sheriff Grady Judd at a news conference Wednesday.
Judd suspects that Dee Dee Moore knows what's going on. The Sheriff's Office calls her a "person of interest" in Shakespeare's disappearance; the sheriff calls her a "con artist."
"Dee Dee Moore is a con artist, and if she tried to sell me anything, I certainly wouldn't buy it," Polks Sheriff Grady Judd said in a media release. "Dee Dee Moore has cheated Abraham Shakespeare out of his money, and possibly his life."
Detectives say Moore befriended Shakespeare, set up a joint bank account, then a few months later, moved the money into her own account.
According to investigators, Moore assisted Shakespeare with opening a limited liability: Abraham Shakespeare, LLC, and then gave herself complete signing authority.
With that authority, she gave herself $1,000,000, detectives said. They say Moore told them Shakespeare was aware of this, and that he gave this money to her as a gift. Detectives say she has used the money to purchase a Hummer, a Corvette, a truck, and went on lavish vacations.
"It's nice to buy a new Corvette, a Hummer, a new truck," Judd said. "It's nice to take vacations, to account for some of the money that she spent."
The sheriff's office says Moore now has an attorney, and is no longer talking to them.
When contacted by FOX 13 to respond to these allegations, a representative for Moore said they were not willing to do interviews at this time.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office has not called her a suspect, and has not charged her with anything.
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