31 Jan 2010

US lottery winner believed murdered

1:09 pm on 31 January 2010

The body of a MAN who won $US17m in a lottery in 2006 has been found buried under a concrete slab in a backyard in Florida.

Abraham Shakespeare, who was barely literate, went missing nine months ago after complaining of being exploited by hangers-on who tried to take his money, the BBC reports.

His body was found on Friday behind a home belonging to the boyfriend of a woman who befriended him in 2007.

Police believe former truck driver's assistant was murdered, but have not arrested anyone.

Hillsborough County sheriff's detectives used fingerprints to identify Mr Shakespeare's body, which they found covered by a concrete slab in a back yard in Plant City.

Police say the woman who befriended him, Dorice Donegan "Dee-Dee" Moore, helped Mr Shakespeare open a company, gave herself the ability to sign for money and later withdrew $US1 million.

A tip-off led detectives to the grave behind the home of Ms Moore's boyfriend Shar Krasniqi.

Mr Shakespeare's brother Robert Brown, said his brother often wished he had never won and said he would have been better off broke.