Welcome Guest
Log In | Register )
You last visited September 22, 2020, 9:55 pm
All times shown are
Eastern Time (GMT-5:00)

Police officer sent to rehab for playing scratch-off lottery tickets on duty, lawsuit claims

Jul 17, 2019, 11:45 am

Share this news story on Facebook
Tweet this news story on Twitter
Insider BuzzInsider Buzz: Police officer sent to rehab for playing scratch-off lottery tickets on duty, lawsuit claimsRating:

WAYNE, N.J. — A police officer in Wayne, New Jersey, has filed a lawsuit against the department alleging the police chief and other officials sent him to in-patient rehabilitation for a reported gambling addiction when an anonymous caller complained he played scratch-off lottery tickets while in uniform.

In the wide-ranging suit alleging years of corruption within the department, Corporal Rick Vanderclock claims the caller told his supervisors that Vanderclock "was gambling while on duty by and through his purchase of scratch-off lottery tickets."

In May 2018, Wayne Police Chief James Clarke ordered Vanderclock to attend a 30-day in-patient gambling rehabilitation program at his own expense in Florida or face the loss of his job, according to the lawsuit, filed July 10 in Passaic County Superior Court.

The suit names Wayne Township, Clarke and other officials as defendants. Clarke and other officials were not immediately available to comment on the lawsuit Wednesday.

Vanderclock said that while he was in rehab, his personal belongings, including medication, were taken from him, he was strip searched, monitored while he slept and subjected to "neurological testing with electrical shocks applied to (his) head."

The treatment was "punitive, harassing, humiliating and discriminatory because he did not and does not have a gambling problem," attorney Ralph P. Ferrara wrote in the suit.

Ferrara claims in court papers that Vanderclock's troubles began in 2017 when he and other members of PBA Local 136 voted that they had no confidence in the police chief's ability to lead the department.

Vanderclock was also disliked by the chief because he had openly supported fellow Officer Erik Ferschman, who was fired for taking an unauthorized meal break in 2015, Ferrara wrote in the suit. Ferschman was later reinstated to his job after taking his case to court.

The suit acknowledges that Vanderclock, an officer in the township since 2003, bought scratch-off lottery tickets with other police officers long before he was sent to gambling rehab. While the Wayne Police Department's policies prohibit illegal gambling, they do not prohibit legal gambling, the suit states.

"Scratch-off lottery tickets are legal in, and sanctioned by, the State of New Jersey," the suit states. "Legally purchasing scratch-off lottery tickets while on duty is not prohibited (by the department)."

The suit calls Vanderclock's treatment for a gambling addiction "useless," and claims supervisors unlawfully suspended him for 20 shifts of 12-hours each, refused to allow him to see his personnel file, ridiculed and punished him when he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after watching a man burn to death after a traffic crash.

Vanderclock alleges false imprisonment, claiming superiors assigned him to light duty after the PTSD diagnosis and confined to a small room for days on end.

The complaint alleges racketeering for suspending him without pay, discrimination, harassment, negligence, retaliation, creating a hostile work environment and emotional distress. The suit also alleges violations of the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act.

Vanderclock is seeking unspecified punitive and compensatory damages, along with a jury trial.

Lottery Post Staff

We'd love to see your comments here!  Register for a FREE membership — it takes just a few moments — and you'll be able to post comments here and on any of our forums. If you're already a member, you can Log In to post a comment.

14 comments. Last comment 1 year ago by KAL035.
Page 1 of 1
Avatar
Chasing $ Millions.
White Shores- California
United States
Member #136473
December 12, 2012
6313 Posts
Offline

Totally unfair. That’s what happens when you envied for your washboard abs, workout & have an exemplary work ethic. Perhaps playing scratchers helps Rick in the healing process. Hit them hard Rick, make them squeal, make them pay!

 * Voice of Reason *   

 

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

    mikeintexas's avatar - h87TsB4
    Texas Panhandle
    United States
    Member #136839
    December 20, 2012
    1660 Posts
    Offline

    He deserves to be punished!  Just like this is animal abuse!



    sarc/off for anyone who doesn't "gettit"

    Epstein didn't kill himself.

      Avatar
      Kentucky
      United States
      Member #32651
      February 14, 2006
      8965 Posts
      Offline

      Bet the chief didn't give the same treatment to the donut addicts.

        faith117's avatar - nw shadow.jpg
        McClellanville,SC
        United States
        Member #177741
        October 18, 2016
        10648 Posts
        Offline

        Bet the chief didn't give the same treatment to the donut addicts.

        LOL

          MADDOG10's avatar - smoke
          50
          Beautiful Florida
          United States
          Member #5709
          July 18, 2004
          24238 Posts
          Online

          This is what happens to officers when you have a Power hungry chief like this Guy. I am from those neck of the woodsThe Chief, Clarke, was a power hungry patrolman also. 

          He has already had a lawsuit against him which cost the city a lot of money, and I'm sure this will cost the city even more. Just in my opinion, he's not worthy of being a cop, and after this, he may have met his demise.

                                                       

                                                         "Slander becomes the tool of the loser when the debate is lost." - Socrates.

            music*'s avatar - DiscoBallGlowing
            USN United States Navy
            Fresno, California
            United States
            Member #157851
            August 2, 2014
            3959 Posts
            Offline

            This legal lawsuit is how lawyers earn a good reputation. They help us stand up for our rights.

             Plus when we elect good politicians. 

             I hope Vanderclock wins in Court. This may be settled in mediation. 

            US Flag

             "We are all in this together!" 

              Artist77's avatar - batman14

              United States
              Member #121741
              January 16, 2012
              7642 Posts
              Offline

              How is this in violation of his duties? I have seen police officers buy food and a lottery ticket at 7-11. This guy is going to win big, especially since he was not officially diagnosed with an addiction.

              Je vous salue, Marie, pleine de grace.  We will rebuild!

                Coin Toss's avatar - shape barbed.jpg
                100
                Zeta Reticuli Star System
                United States
                Member #30469
                January 17, 2006
                11498 Posts
                Offline

                From the OP;

                The corporal further alleges he was sent hundreds of miles away to a rehab facility for gambling addicts after an anonymous tipster allegedly called the department and said he was doing scratch-off lottery tickets while on duty.

                I'm really wondering about the 'anonymous tipster'. 

                Real?

                No such person?

                Friend of the Chief?

                Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any. So many systems, so many theories, so few jackpot winners. 

                Lep

                There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

                  reddog's avatar - rickyavatar4
                  Durham, North Carolina
                  United States
                  Member #1616
                  June 5, 2003
                  2869 Posts
                  Offline

                  He deserves to be punished!  Just like this is animal abuse!



                  sarc/off for anyone who doesn't "gettit"

                  Monkey Boo has better luck than I do. Big Smile

                  Taking it one drawing at a time.

                    Avatar
                    Simpsonville
                    United States
                    Member #163184
                    January 22, 2015
                    2258 Posts
                    Offline

                    This makes my blood boil.   Hope that Clarke gets fired, but we all know the drill.   Gets fired and gets his full pension.

                     

                    Vanderclock is nearing retirement age.   Hope he wins big time, re-instated and does his twenty and cyanora.    For him to have witnessed something so horrible is beyond horrible.   Also ticks me off non-medical folks think they know more than Dr's do.   I'm confident he's got a great team of Attorneys on his side and even after their slice of the cake, he'll be quite comfortable.

                      Avatar
                      Chasing $ Millions.
                      White Shores- California
                      United States
                      Member #136473
                      December 12, 2012
                      6313 Posts
                      Offline

                      Rick, Rick, this is Chief Clarke,l am out of uniform. We need to talk about this lawsuit- where are you? Rick, show yourself!

                      pants GIF

                       * Voice of Reason *   

                       

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

                        MillionsWanted's avatar - 24Qa6LT

                        Norway
                        Member #9517
                        December 10, 2004
                        1732 Posts
                        Online

                        All it takes is one religious nut job seeing you buy lottery tickets.

                          Artist77's avatar - batman14

                          United States
                          Member #121741
                          January 16, 2012
                          7642 Posts
                          Offline

                          All it takes is one religious nut job seeing you buy lottery tickets.

                          We have 2 people like that in my office.  Whenever one of them sees people having a short hallway chat about buying a pb ticket, she stops and says "what?" We all say we were speaking to the other person and she walks away.  Yet, she is rarely working.

                          Je vous salue, Marie, pleine de grace.  We will rebuild!

                            Avatar
                            100
                            Albany, GA
                            United States
                            Member #100607
                            November 15, 2010
                            16232 Posts
                            Online

                            How is this in violation of his duties? I have seen police officers buy food and a lottery ticket at 7-11. This guy is going to win big, especially since he was not officially diagnosed with an addiction.

                            Having been there and done that for over 30 years, I can tell you that it is written into the departmental SOP that officers are forbidden from playing lottery games while on duty. I got ratted out once by by a vindictive patrol officer that refused to follow instructions from a supervisor in regard to a particular case. Cost me 5 days suspension with no pay (which was actually lenient according to guidelines), but she got fired for her tactics of insubordination against a supervisor, Lol