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Police official tried to cash in stolen lottery ticket

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The chairman of a Connecticut police commission has resigned after being charged in Florida with trying to cash in a winning $520,000 lottery ticket that was reported stolen by his niece.

Michael Royston, 49, was freed on bond after his arrest last Thursday at Florida Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee, and on Friday night, he sent a terse resignation email to Windsor Locks Town Clerk William Hamel, saying only: "Effective immediately I am resigning my position as police commissioner."

On Sunday night, he issued a statement denying his guilt to Connecticut news organizations including The Courant.

"I adamantly deny any wrong doing in which I have been accused. I do not want this to [a]ffect the Commission or The Windsor Locks Police Department while I exonerate my name, therefore I have resigned from the Windsor Locks Police Commission. It has been an honor and a privilege serving the citizens of Windsor Locks," he said.

Royston turned himself in and was charged with filing a false claim for payment, trying to pass a lottery ticket with the intent to defraud, and grand theft in excess of $100,000, according to a story published Friday by the Tallahassee Democrat.

The story quoted court records as indicating that Royston tried to claim the prize, saying the ticket had been a gift, but couldn't provide the name of the person who gave it to him. The story said his niece told police that early last month she'd shown the ticket to Royston in Connecticut, and that a few days afterward she'd reported it stolen to the Northampton, Massachusetts, police.

The story said that Florida officials were made aware the ticket had reported stolen when Royston tried to cash it in that state, and that he had told police he'd found the ticket under the seat of his car.

The Courant asked Royston in an email to comment on that newspaper account, and he did not. He did send back an email late Sunday night answering one question about when he will answer the charges in court. "No court date has been set as of yet," he said in the email.

The position of police commission chairman in Windsor Locks is unpaid, and not part of the sworn police force. Members of the commission have fiduciary and policy responsibilities in overseeing the department. Royston headed the commission starting in January, when the panel's erstwhile chairman moved out of the state.

Royston had a higher-than-usual public profile during his tenure as chairman. A month after assuming the role, the commission approved a settlement to pay $460,000 to end a labor dispute with Robert Koistinen, the sergeant acquitted of hindering the drunken driving investigation of his son. Koistinen's son, former Windsor Locks policeman Michael Koistinen struck Henry Dang with his car, killing him, when the teenager was riding his bicycle home in October 2010.

The elder Koistinen agreed to retire as part of the settlement, rather than be reinstated to his job in accordance with a State Board of Mediation and Arbitration ruling. Royston said in recommending the resolution: "There has been this dark cloud hanging over the police department and the town for too long now and it is time to try and put this behind us." Town voters approved the settlement in March.

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Hartford Courant, Lottery Post Staff

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Posted: August 10, 2015, 8:36 pm - IP Logged

That is a stinking shame. Greed will surely make you lose your  good sense of judgement.  Disapprove

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    Posted: August 10, 2015, 9:22 pm - IP Logged

    He lost his career and his reputation for a ticket that didn't belong to him what a stupid move.

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      Posted: August 10, 2015, 10:58 pm - IP Logged

      He lost his career and his reputation for a ticket that didn't belong to him what a stupid move.

      I Agree!....makes one wonder what else he has done in the past that may or may not be brought to light! I seriously doubt this was his first rodeo.

      People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

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        Posted: August 11, 2015, 3:59 am - IP Logged

        He tried to steal his own nieces lottery ticket. Says a lot about his character.

        "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."

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          Posted: August 11, 2015, 6:08 am - IP Logged

          Why resign, if you are innocent...

          Take Risks: If you win, you'll be happy.  If you lose, you will be wiser...

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            Posted: August 11, 2015, 7:49 am - IP Logged

            This guy gives the term greedy pig a new meaning.

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              Posted: August 11, 2015, 9:51 am - IP Logged

              Why resign, if you are innocent...

              Exactly!

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                Posted: August 11, 2015, 10:04 am - IP Logged

                The real crooks.

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                  Posted: August 11, 2015, 10:05 am - IP Logged

                  I Agree!....makes one wonder what else he has done in the past that may or may not be brought to light! I seriously doubt this was his first rodeo.

                  I Agree!

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                    Posted: August 11, 2015, 10:28 am - IP Logged

                    lol...I know he fought a good fight with his conscious. Poor thing!!

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                      Posted: August 11, 2015, 11:47 am - IP Logged

                      This is exactly why I detest and don't trust cops. 

                      If an American cant trust the TOP COP,

                      how can Americans trust the lower cops.

                      In defense of this clown, at least he didn't put a chokehold on his niece for that ticket.

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                        Posted: August 11, 2015, 1:41 pm - IP Logged

                        What to learn from this:

                        Don't show your ticket to anyone until you go to the lottery company to claim the money.

                        Take photocopies of the ticket(film the ticket with your mobile phone camera too) just in case, and sign the ticket.

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                          Posted: August 11, 2015, 4:21 pm - IP Logged

                          This is why you keep a win as big as this to yourself until you have cashed in the ticket and moved the heck out of town. Money can change the people around you pretty quickly. I know it may seem exciting to let others know of your win but you just never know how far someone will go including your family to take it away from you. I hope she got the ticket back.

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                            Posted: August 11, 2015, 5:28 pm - IP Logged

                            If that's really her ticket then this guy has got to be one dumb cop.  The truth will come out

                            That money's gone fo ever