From the NY Post:
The Long Island couple who won a $162 million Mega Millions jackpot will today receive $1 million less of their winnings, the million bucks being put aside to pay back the public for a scam they ran while operating homeless shelters, sources said.
A lawyer for Suffolk County got a court order last night – after officials went to a judge to get back the money they say William and Mary Morrison, of Miller Place, took under false pretenses in 2000, officials said.
Suffolk County Attorney Christine Malafi ``received an order from Supreme Court to put aside $1 million in escrow from their winnings,’’ said Suffolk Department of Social Services commissioner Gregory J. Blass.
Blass said the Morrisons should receive their money today at a 2 p.m. press conference in garden City – ``but it will be $1 million less.
``We know this has made the Morrisons cranky,’’ said Blass, in an ironic tone ``but having $1 million less is a sacrifice they can endure.’’ After taxes and deductions the couple should net more than $60 million.
Blass said the Morrison’s lawyer Michael Solomon did not oppose the court order. He could not be reached for comment.
The county yesterday scrambled to recover funds meant for the homeless after the Morrisons yesterday revealed their identities and authorities realized the couple - who are set today to receive their prize money – were the same couple who owed more than $950,000.