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Monday, November 11, 2013

Former lottery deputy director of security sentenced

A federal judge sentenced the Arkansas Lottery Commission’s former Deputy Director of Security, Remmele Mazyck, to serve 37 months in jail and to pay $482,671.93 in restitution for wire fraud and money laundering convictions for stealing and cashing lottery tickets worth close to half million dollars.

“Although I had hoped for the maximum sentence of 47 months under the sentencing guidelines, I am pleased with the Court’s sentence,” Arkansas Lottery Commission Director Bishop Woosley said.  “The amount of money taken was substantial, it was taken over a long period of time, and Mazyck was in a position of trust.  This sentence sends a strong message to everyone in public agencies that a violation of the public’s trust and resources is unacceptable.” 

The lottery is fully insured for the amount of the theft through the Arkansas Fidelity Bond Trust Fund administered by the Arkansas Governmental Bonding Board and a supplemental insurance policy which ALC purchased following start-up.  "We have submitted a claim under our supplemental policy insurance company and hope to find out soon if it will be paid.  Assuming our claim is paid under both policies, the ALC will sustain no monetary loss from this theft.  “I am glad that this chapter in the Lottery’s history is one step closer to being closed.”  Woosley added.

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