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Former Arkansas Lottery official admits stealing tickets

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rdgrnr's avatar - walt
Way back up in them dadgum hills, son!
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Posted: July 13, 2013, 9:29 pm - IP Logged

He should have taken the advice another famous Arkansan gave to Gennifer Flowers - "Deny, Deny, Deny."

"But I did not inhale."

"I did not have sex with that woman."

"Nope, not that one either."

"And definitely not that one."

"Or that one."

"Or that one."

"Or that one."

"I had nothing to do with Whitewater either".

It worked well for him, got elected President twice.

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    Posted: July 14, 2013, 9:13 am - IP Logged

    How would a clerk at a retailer know what scratch offs are registered to which stores? Seems the lottery should have known tickets being cashed in came from a store that was closed. That makes no sense.

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      Posted: July 14, 2013, 10:21 am - IP Logged

      How would a clerk at a retailer know what scratch offs are registered to which stores? Seems the lottery should have known tickets being cashed in came from a store that was closed. That makes no sense.

      A retailer knows when scratch tickets are not from their store, the retailer number of the store where the tickets were sold are shown on the terminal screen.

      The retailer probably didn't know the status of the other retailer. More likely, he just saw suspicious activity, like Mazyck repeatedly coming into his store and cashing large amounts of tickets that were not purchased there. He then reported this to lottery officials, who then looked up the retailer number and saw that it was a closed store.

      I can tell by the specific wording of the statement that this was a likely scenario:

      It wasn't discovered until October 2012, when a clerk at a Jonesboro retailer raised questions about lottery tickets Mazyck tried to cash that were registered to a store no longer in business.

      Stores open and close all the time. You can continue redeeming scratch tickets typically for certain period after the end of game date, regardless of the store purchased or whether they're closed down, as long as the tickets status is active. But it was the volume of tickets which really drew the attention of investigators. In short, he made the common mistake of not spreading it around enough.

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        Posted: July 14, 2013, 8:47 pm - IP Logged

        Security official busted by a clerk.LOL  That's more embarrassing then the crime itself.

        RS:   Thumbs Up

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        REWARD this "clerk" on the steps of D capital>>>$$$$$$  at least $50,000  R 10% of D $1/2 million that

        was $AVED from Mazyck D security "chief thief"!!!$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

        PartyThank U ClerkPartyUR workROFLHurray!

        saved D Lottery MILLION'$$$$  Sun SmileyDrumSun Smiley


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          Posted: July 15, 2013, 9:32 am - IP Logged

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            Posted: July 15, 2013, 9:37 am - IP Logged

            RS:   Thumbs Up

            Jonesboro, AK "clerk" should get a prade DanceDisneyDancedown main street in Little Rock HyperGoofHurray!!!

            REWARD this "clerk" on the steps of D capital>>>$$$$$$  at least $50,000  R 10% of D $1/2 million that

            was $AVED from Mazyck D security "chief thief"!!!$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

            PartyThank U ClerkPartyUR workROFLHurray!

            saved D Lottery MILLION'$$$$  Sun SmileyDrumSun Smiley

            Great ideal. We can shred those 22k tickets, throw them out, and see who trys to glue them back together and cash them in. We can get two birds with one stone.

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              Posted: July 15, 2013, 11:58 am - IP Logged

              From the OP:

              "It wasn't discovered until October 2012, when a clerk at a Jonesboro retailer raised questions about lottery tickets Mazyck tried to cash that were registered to a store no longer in business."

              This sounds like something you'd see on World's Dumbest Criminals on TruTv.

              I Agree!

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                A former Arkansas Lottery security official pleaded guilty Friday to a long-running scheme in which he's accused of stealing and cashing nearly a half-million dollars' worth of scratch-off tickets.

                Lottery Director Bishop Woosley said the theft by Remmele Mazyck, 34, started in 2009 when the lottery launched. It wasn't discovered until October 2012, when a clerk at a Jonesboro retailer raised questions about lottery tickets Mazyck tried to cash that were registered to a store no longer in business.

                Mazyck, whose title was deputy security director, pleaded guilty to wire fraud and money laundering charges Friday in federal court. He will be sentenced later.

                The lottery said Mazyck cashed 22,710 tickets worth about $478,000. Mazyck's lawyer, John Wesley Hall Jr., disputed that amount.

                "The total amount of the scheme is $477,893. He reserves the right to litigate whether or not or what the actual loss ... is for the (Arkansas Lottery) Commission," Hall said.

                Woosley questioned Mazyck on Oct. 26, and fired him three weeks later.

                "His reaction was calm, denial," Woosley said.

                Mazyck, who earned $76,500 last year, followed original lottery director Ernie Passailaigue from South Carolina to help launch the lottery. Woosley said he contacted the current South Carolina lottery director, who told him there was no indication that Mazyck was tied to any theft during his tenure.

                Officials allege Mazyck used his own security clearance to code tickets from the lottery's warehouse as promotional giveaways. He allegedly scratched the tickets to see if they were winners, cashing those worth less than $500. Prizes of $500 or more have to be cashed at a lottery office, which would have blown the scheme, Woosley said.

                "It took a lot of time," Woosley said, noting that weak internal procedures allowed the theft to continue for three years.

                The original lottery law banned any employees from playing, but Woosley said the law was changed in 2011 to allow workers to collect prizes of less than $500.

                As soon as Mazyck's theft was discovered, the lottery stopped issuing promotional scratch tickets, Woosley said, though other promotions are continuing.

                He said the lottery is reviewing its security procedures and added that he was prohibited from publicly discussing the theft because authorities were investigating.

                Losses by lottery players are used to fund college scholarships. Woosley said the lottery is insured and the ticket theft won't affect scholarships.

                Woosley said he's concerned that lottery players question the integrity of the games but said they have not been compromised.

                "This is a simple theft of lottery tickets," he said.

                The maximum penalty for wire fraud is 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Money laundering carries up to 10 years in prison and also a $250,000 fine.

                Hall said Mazyck, who was present at a Friday plea hearing, was released on his own recognizance. Hall said his client has moved back to South Carolina.

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                Thanks to emilyg for the tip.

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                He should of went to different stores shades & a baseball cap to hide himself from also getting ID to. He's dumb to just to keep going to the same store. The clerk was like this guy getting to lucky lol up all night to get lucky huh ya dumb crook  guilty


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                  Posted: July 23, 2013, 12:31 am - IP Logged

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                  He should of went to different stores shades & a baseball cap to hide himself from also getting ID to. He's dumb to just to keep going to the same store. The clerk was like this guy getting to lucky lol up all night to get lucky huh ya dumb crook  guilty

                  Crazy

                  So what makes you think that promo that the lady is related to a scammer that works for the lottery? I remember that promo I entered a lot like I still do in the replay & I am still a 2x LOSER. I also remember when that old head won I was like this replay is a scam in its self. But yes I am still entering just entered a few right now. I always tell myself that's it I'm done with this repay ?? but I am a junkie addicted to losing I guess.


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                    Crazy

                    So what makes you think that promo that the lady is related to a scammer that works for the lottery? I remember that promo I entered a lot like I still do in the replay & I am still a 2x LOSER. I also remember when that old head won I was like this replay is a scam in its self. But yes I am still entering just entered a few right now. I always tell myself that's it I'm done with this repay ?? but I am a junkie addicted to losing I guess.


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                      Posted: July 23, 2013, 12:41 am - IP Logged

                      Crazy

                      So what makes you think that promo that the lady is related to a scammer that works for the lottery? I remember that promo I entered a lot like I still do in the replay & I am still a 2x LOSER. I also remember when that old head won I was like this replay is a scam in its self. But yes I am still entering just entered a few right now. I always tell myself that's it I'm done with this repay ?? but I am a junkie addicted to losing I guess.

                      Bang Head

                      Do you enter the 2x Loser aka 2nd chance replay ? It's scam

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                        Posted: August 10, 2013, 4:55 am - IP Logged

                        Since they are prohibited to purchase the tickets where they work they'd rather steal it. How unfortunate because now he needs to be punish for his wrong actions. Hopefully this will serve as a lesson to those who wanted to take advantage of their position to do bad things.