When you’re going through a divorce, one of the biggest fouls you can commit is trying to hide assets so you can keep them for yourself. It’s usually easy to get caught, and you can be severely punished for not being truthful.
For instance, a California woman named Denise Rossi was already contemplating divorce when she and several co-workers won a $6 million jackpot in the state lottery. She never told her husband about the winnings, because she didn’t want to have to share them with him when they got divorced. Once the divorce proceedings began, she didn’t tell the court about them either. Instead, she had the lottery checks sent to her mother’s house.
But two years after the divorce was settled, a company that offers lump-sum payments for lottery winnings mailed an offer intended for Denise to her ex-husband’s address by mistake, saying it could help “lottery winners like you.”
Once the husband realized what had happened, he went to court, presumably hoping to get a fair share of the prize. But the court decided to punish Denise for not revealing the truth – and it ordered her to pay the entire amount of the lottery winnings to her ex.