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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – A federal jury convicted a former Kansas City woman of defrauding another woman out of hundreds of thousands of dollars from lottery winnings.

Federal prosecutors say 43-year-old Freya Pearson used the money to support a gambling habit and for personal extravagances. Pearson also improperly received federal housing benefits and didn’t pay income taxes, causing a total loss of more than $640,000. She was found guilty Thursday of nine counts arising from the schemes.

Prosecutors say she convinced a woman who won $2.4 million in the Missouri Lottery in 2008 to transfer money from an annuity to Pearson’s account. Pearson didn’t tell her victim that she intended to use the money for such things as gambling, buying cars and travel.

She faces up to 100 years in federal prison without parole.