Mesa man -- winner of $5.7M -- and wife ordered to pay $360K in restitution - East Valley Tribune: Mesa

Mesa man -- winner of $5.7M -- and wife ordered to pay $360K in restitution

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Posted: Wednesday, May 2, 2012 12:57 pm

Three elderly victims received more than $360,000 in restitution when the husband of the woman who owed them money won $5.7 million at Casino Arizona last month, according to a press release from Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne’s office.

Kimberley Lemke, 46, was ordered to pay nearly $370,000 in restitution following a 2007 conviction of felony theft charges, the attorney general said in the release. Until the collection was made on April 23, Lemke had only made partial restitution.

The daughter of one of the victims called the Office of Victim Services after seeing Lemke identified as the wife of winner Gerald Allen Phillips Jr. of Mesa, according to Horne's office.

After learning of the windfall, a racketeering-restitution lien was put against the casino winnings with the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office and the Secretary of State’s Office. Lemke was served on April 27.

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