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Former CT Lottery chief pays $11,000 in fines, givebacks

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HARTFORD, Ct. — Frank Farricker, the former chairman of the Connecticut Lottery Commission's board of directors will pay a $5,000 penalty and an additional $6,300 restitution to the state as part of a settlement over improper benefits he received while acting president and CEO of the Lottery.

In a consent order announced Thursday by the Office of State Ethics, Farricker gave back money he had previously claimed for internet services at his home, high-definition cable TV with HBO and regional sports, personal mobile-phone bills, plus about $3,000 in mileage expenses. In all, Farricker, who was appointed board chairman by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in 2011, paid back the state $11,318.19.

The case dates back to 2016, when Farricker was appointed "interim" CEO and president of the Lottery, after the departure of Anne Noble from the post, following the scandal over the Lottery's "5 Card Cash" instant game, in which lottery agents used a glitch in the software to review and upcoming winning tickets on their sales terminals. It resulted in about a dozen arrests.

"Farricker immediately began submitting invoices to the Lottery for reimbursement, which consisted mostly of charges for which he was not entitled to be reimbursed," the Office of State Ethics said in a statement, which added that he continued to submit invoices on a "near-monthly" basis until his resignation following a confrontation with the legislative Public Safety and Security Committee in May.

In the six-page stipulation and consent order, Farricker said he believed that the invoices were for "necessary expenses" along with his "board duties." He maintained the transgressions were "unintentional and largely based on misunderstanding rules on reimbursement," the order said. Farricker, who is also former Democratic Town Committee chairman of Greenwich, declined comment on Thursday.

"Necessary expenses are just that — those expenses incurred on behalf of the state that are necessary to conduct the state's business," said Carol Carson, Executive Director of the Office of State Ethics. "They are not personal expenses for communication and entertainment services."

The breakdown

Frank Farricker agreed to pay a $5,000 civil penalty plus reimbursements:

  • $1,244.86 for mobile phone service
  • $2,088.32 for cable TV and Internet
  • $2,985.01 for mileage

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If he wasn't entitled to reimbursement for the expenses submitted: Why did the State Pay the Reimbursement?

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    Ct.. Used to live there. Sad state. Liberals wrecked it like all the rest.

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      l seriously doubt that Frank is losing any sleep over opening his wallet and paying $11,000. Some people can sleep through a hurricane and come out just fine on the other side.

      • Talking about sleep, l " tried Fireball" Cinnamon Whisky for the first time, this Wednesday night. My mistake was sipping just a lil of that stuff before bedtime. l think l slept just 4 hours...max.

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        The message is you can steal , but pay it back and not get arrested if you are a lottery official.All agents and retailers have no privileges no matter the amount they steal.

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           Has he done anything else in his life?

           "We are all in this together!" 

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            l seriously doubt that Frank is losing any sleep over opening his wallet and paying $11,000. Some people can sleep through a hurricane and come out just fine on the other side.

            • Talking about sleep, l " tried Fireball" Cinnamon Whisky for the first time, this Wednesday night. My mistake was sipping just a lil of that stuff before bedtime. l think l slept just 4 hours...max.

            I believe you're right, probably chump change to him.

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              l seriously doubt that Frank is losing any sleep over opening his wallet and paying $11,000. Some people can sleep through a hurricane and come out just fine on the other side.

              • Talking about sleep, l " tried Fireball" Cinnamon Whisky for the first time, this Wednesday night. My mistake was sipping just a lil of that stuff before bedtime. l think l slept just 4 hours...max.

              "He maintained the transgressions were "unintentional and largely based on misunderstanding rules on reimbursement,"

              Yeah right! He knew exactly what he was doing!

               

              Holy Cow, this is a real product. Looks like it will burn the hair off your chest LOL!!!LOL

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                "He maintained the transgressions were "unintentional and largely based on misunderstanding rules on reimbursement,"

                Yeah right! He knew exactly what he was doing!

                 

                Holy Cow, this is a real product. Looks like it will burn the hair off your chest LOL!!!LOL

                It's real alright Nikkicute. I must have sipped 10-15 ml tops.

                In fact the back of the label reads like this..

                "What you have here is smooth whisky with a fiery kick of red hot cinnamon. It tastes like heaven. Burns like hell. What happens next is up to you."

                Give it a shot, and do come back and let us know YOUR experience girlfriend!

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                  It's real alright Nikkicute. I must have sipped 10-15 ml tops.

                  In fact the back of the label reads like this..

                  "What you have here is smooth whisky with a fiery kick of red hot cinnamon. It tastes like heaven. Burns like hell. What happens next is up to you."

                  Give it a shot, and do come back and let us know YOUR experience girlfriend!

                  Stick with good stuff.

                  9 Reasons You Should Never Drink Fireball
                  If this if your drink of choice, you really need to get out more.
                   
                  Oh, Fireball. What an embarrassment to alcohol. The cheap and syrupy cinnamon mixture was made for newbie drinkers and Solo cup college parties and that's as far as it should have made it in the booze scene. Yet somehow it remains a popular order at bars nationwide. But this is wrong. So completely, sadly, and utterly wrong. Sure it might serve its purpose in a big batch Jell-O shot, but if it's your favorite booze, then you really need to sort out your priorities. Because there are more than enough reasons to not drink Fireball.

                   
                  1. It tastes like Red Hots soaked in water.
                  Actually make that Big Red gum soaked in pee. Just the thought of sipping this syrupy mess is enough to make you gag and start dry-heaving. And these grandmas trying it for the first time agree with me.

                  2. Fireball has the worst recipe ideas with even worse names.
                  Any drink that ends in "balls" or "nuts" is best left behind. Same goes for the eye-roll–inducing fragile masculinity of the"Man-mosa." And don't even get me started on adding cinnamon to lemonade. Barf.

                   
                  3. It's always ordered by the d-bags at the bar.
                  You know who I'm talking about: the bros with popped-collar Polos and gingham button-ups, finance guys who always cut you but somehow touch your lower back while doing it, sorority girls and college freshmen (with fake IDs, obviously) looking to get plastered on a Thursday night, juice heads bragging about how much they can lift.


                  4. Sorry, but it's "whiskey" not "whisky."
                  The makers of Fireball, Sazerac, are based in Louisiana. So there's no need to use the United Kingdom's spelling of whiskey. But even beyond semantics, the cinnamon drink is hardly authentic, which brings me to my next point....

                  5. It's not even real whiskey.
                  Fireball is just a hyped up, overly flavored liqueur that pretends to be as badass as the hard stuff. Even Sazerac admits this, filing Fireball under its "Shooters" category and not alongside the rest of the whiskeys it produces.


                  6. It's weak as hell.
                  At 66 proof, Fireball has 20 percent less alcohol than a true whiskey, which typically clocks in at somewhere between 86 and 100 proof.

                  7. It always leads to terrible decisions.
                  No one orders a single shot of Fireball because it's cheap and weak and apparently people like to torture themselves. And so, since it's only ever had in excess, it inspires ridiculously drunk behavior—like peeing in public and starting fights with the bouncer. Hate to break it to you, Fireball, but no good story ever started with "Well, we were drinking Fireball..."

                   8. It will give you the worst hangover.
                  Sugar and spice and everything not so nice. The morning after drinking this nasty concoction should be enough to make you quit it for good.

                  9. It contains an anti-freeze ingredient.
                  A fact so unsettling to Europeans that the sickly sweet booze was recalled in Norway, Sweden, and Finland. The chemical coming under fire is propylene glycol, which supposedly enhances flavor by absorbing water, is a slightly less toxic compound than ethylene glycol, which was—until recently—most often used in anti-freeze.

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                    Ct.. Used to live there. Sad state. Liberals wrecked it like all the rest.

                    So that makes you a CONTurd.

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                      Well thanks for the heads up G. The one thing l did not need, was to contaminate this diseased free body with anti freeze.

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                        If I understand correct, being 'interim' CEO, he was not being paid.  So that might have been part of his motivation, feeling like he should be compensated in someway for what he is doing. 

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                          So that makes you a CONTurd.

                          Heh Heh Nah!. You must be an anti US Flag Commie fo sho.. Green laugh

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                            He seems to fit right in with the rest of the thief's who run the lotteries!