Updated: Additional information from the Kentucky Lottery
By Todd Northrop
LEXINGTON, Ky. — A regional manager for the Kentucky Lottery Corporation is accused of fraudulently using lottery tickets after an investigation into 1,800 missing tickets, according to the Kentucky State Police.
Jeffrey L. Riley, 55, of Lexington, was charged Friday with three counts of fraudulent use of a lottery ticket, a class C felony.
Riley's arrest followed an internal investigation in January into 1,800 missing promotional lottery tickets. The investigation determined that Riley had redeemed or validated missing tickets at a Georgetown location on three separate occasions, state police said.
After Kentucky Lottery staff identified the issue, they turned their findings over to the Kentucky State Police.
Riley was a regional manager for the Kentucky Lottery. According to a statement from the Kentucky Lottery, Mr. Riley's employment with the lottery was terminated on January 8.
Detective Kevin Calhoon is the investigating officer.
Riley was processed into the Scott County Detention Center and was later released on his own recognizance, the release said.
Another case of lottery industry insider ticket fraud...surprise, surprise.
Umm, what else is new?
*In my Donald Trump Voice*
Somewhere between blind faith and conspiracy theory as it applies to the integrity of lotteries, lies the reality that we're all human and endowed with the frailties and shortcomings assigned thereto.
And there but for the Grace of God go all of us.
Right about that Ridge.As the old saying goes. .
"Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely"
" A fish rots from the head down".
Hope he gets more then a slap on the wrist.
I do understand why these people keep trying to scam the lottery commission, dont they know they're being watched and monitored
That was my first thought, too. Surely this guy knew about lottery security, and knew he was likely to get caught. What was he thinking?
Since they were promotional tickets he was probably thinking, "We give away a few hundred thousand of these every year. As long as the prizes are small enough to collect at a store they'll never notice that I just gave a few to myself instead of to other people."
It's the temptation, many cannot resist.
Lottery employees and vendor/contractors, with their inside access to information, people and systems, will always be tempted to take advantage of their position. That is why they are not supposed to be allowed to play the lottery, because of the potential for abuse and fraud. But that rule doesn't stop them.
Just like the previous case of a lottery security official with ticket fraud:
They cannot resist. That's why they have to be watched and have multiple checks and balances.
But then again, you have to think about the ones that got away. We only hear about the ones that get caught. What about the ones that got away with it?
And you always gotta watch out for those guys with "security" in their title, those are the ones to watch out for the most. Like security guard, lottery security official, NSA network security contractor Edward Snowden, etc.
You will get caught,it takes some folks longer than others I guess.
I'm not the smartest Clam in the Bushel, but i know if you take lotto tickets, write bad checks, or steal the Girl scouts tip jar, you're probably going to end up in jail and more broke then you were before. I read stories like this everyday and always wonder what the morons were thinking.
Ikr. Somehow he thought 1,800 tickets going missing were going to get overlooked?
A regional manager at that. Glad they got him, sets a good example to the public to get someone higher-up, not just the bottom-rung employees. Good, right?