Marie Holmes, the North Carolina mom who won a $188 million Powerball lottery jackpot last year and has spent millions bailing her boyfriend out of jail, now has legal challenges of her own.
Holmes, 26, was served a criminal summons this week on charges of making threatening and harassing phone calls to a woman named Lorna Marlowe, according to WECT.
The phone calls allegedly occurred on Jan. 10, and Marlowe filed a complaint the same day, writes the news outlet.
Holmes, a former McDonald’s and big box employee, is set to appear in court in North Carolina’s Brunswick County on Feb. 12. A warrant could be issued for her arrest if she fails to appear at the hearing.
MyFox8 reports that the summons alleges “Holmes threatened to inflict bodily harm on Marlowe and repeatedly called her for the purpose of harassing her.”
After winning the lottery last year, Holmes has become almost a mainstay in the headlines thanks to her efforts to support her boyfriend, Lamarr McDow, the father of her youngest child. He recently spoke to The Daily Mail about Holmes and why she has no qualms with spending millions to bail him out of jail. McDow is an alleged heroin dealer who has been arrested on charges of illegal drug possession and illegal street racing.
The Daily Mail reports:
“We are a couple, and I am the father of her youngest child,” McDow said. “This is what people do for each other. She has the money and she can do what she wants with it. If I had that money then I would do the same for her. People are just jealous because of how much she won and people want to see me locked in jail.”
He also denied Holmes spent over $20 million to bail him out of jail, the report says. He explained that she only paid 10 percent of the bond, which still amounts to $2 million.
Holmes was one of three Powerball winners last year and was presented with a $188 million check. She decided to take the lump sum of the winnings, which left her with $88 million.
McDow told the Mail that Holmes’ winnings have become a burden for the couple. They were forced to move from their home in the predominantly White community of Shallotte, North Carolina after being harassed by neighbors.