Timothy Poole is facing a lawsuit after winning the lottery in Florida. A registered sex offender, Poole took a lot of heat after winning $3 million, and now two of his alleged victims have come forward and filed lawsuits. According to the Orlando Sentinel, two alleged victims say that Poole owes them for “pain, suffering, and psychological damages,” and they are seeking unspecified damages.
“The two are brothers who were 5 and 9 years old at the time of the abuse in 1996, according to the lawsuit filed Monday in Orange County Circuit Court. Their attorneys, Mark NeJame and Jason Recksiedler, are seeking a court order to freeze Poole’s new found fortune until the proceedings are over because Poole may ‘squander, hide or otherwise dispose of assets,’ according to the suit.”
The Timothy Poole lawsuit came after he won the lottery, which was not all that surprising. When the Inquisitr initially reported the story, several people were completely turned off by Poole. However, one of Poole’s friends spoke out about his friend’s luck, and said that he deserved the win.
“He was flabbergasted. He couldn’t believe it. It was quite a remarkable thing. My heart is still beating. He’s a very positive person. Very kind. Giving. I think that’s why he won. It’s Christmas-time and the dude deserves a break,” said Poole’s friend Floyd Snyder. The state of Florida said that they don’t withhold lottery winnings from former criminals, which is shocking to some people who just couldn’t understand how someone like Poole — who spent three years behind bars for sexually abusing children — was allowed to collect his prize.
According to the New York Daily News, Poole currently works as a taxi driver. He chose to take a lump sum of $2,219,807.90, but it’s unclear if he has quit his job or if he is still working. He hasn’t said what he intends to do with the money he won.
Attorney Mark NeJame said that his clients aren’t looking to get Poole in more trouble, but they do want what they feel is owed to them.
“We are not attempting to get him any additional prison time. He has served his time to society, but he has not served his dues for the alleged massive damage caused to these children,” said NeJame.
Poole has 20 days to respond to the lawsuit. It’s unknown if he has obtained an attorney.
[Photo courtesy of The Florida Lottery via the New York Daily News]