Texas man pleads guilty to fraud in lottery scandal case
A Texas businessman has pleaded guilty to fraud and admitted to helping lottery computer technician Eddie Tipton cash jackpots in a multi-state number-fixing scheme that netted $2 million.
Robert Rhodes pleaded guilty in a Des Moines courtroom Monday. Iowa prosecutors will seek two years of probation.
Rhodes says he helped Tipton try to cash a $16.5 million 2010 Iowa Hot Lotto ticket but suspicious officials never paid.
Rhodes agreed to testify against Tipton and his brother, Tommy Tipt ...
Jan 11, 2017, 4:18 pm - Lottery News forum
Former MUSL official received severance amid lottery jackpot scandal
A prominent lottery official who was stripped of power after a subordinate allegedly carried out a prolonged jackpot-rigging scheme received a $284,000 severance payment, a recent tax filing shows.
The Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) made the payment to its longtime executive director Chuck Strutt as part of a voluntary termination agreement signed March 31, according to its 2016 tax return. The filing, released by the group in response to a request by The AP, also reveals that its leg ...
Jan 10, 2017, 10:04 pm - Lottery News forum
Man files lawsuit over rigged lottery jackpots
Hopes to achieve class action certification
Hundreds of thousands of lottery players who were allegedly cheated by an insider's long-running scheme to rig jackpots should be reimbursed for their losing tickets, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday that seeks class action certification.
Lawyers filed the consumer fraud case against the Multi-State Lottery Association, the Iowa-based nonprofit that helps administer games that are offered by state lotteries. It alleges the association faile ...
Jan 4, 2017, 8:56 pm - Lottery News forum
Accused lottery rigger Eddie Tipton facing new Wisconsin charges
A former Iowa lottery security official accused of rigging drawings to win prize money in several states is facing new felony charges in Wisconsin.
A prosecutor in the Wisconsin Department of Justice filed a total of six charges against Eddie Tipton on Thursday, including one count of racketeering, a theft by fraud charge and four computers crimes charges. The charges stem from a suspect December 2007 Megabucks drawing in Wisconsin that allegedly won Tipton and a business associate a prize wo ...
Dec 22, 2016, 9:41 pm - Lottery News forum
Alleged lottery scandal conspirator to enter new plea
A Texas businessman charged in Iowa's lottery rigging investigation is scheduled to enter a new plea often a signal that a plea agreement has been reached with prosecutors.
Robert Clark Rhodes pleaded not guilty in May to a felony charge of ongoing criminal conduct stemming from his alleged participation in a 2011 scheme to cash in on a Hot Lotto ticket worth more than $14 million. Rhodes, 48, reportedly is a close friend to Eddie Tipton, a former security official at the Urbandale-based Mult ...
Nov 14, 2016, 8:35 pm - Lottery News forum
Alleged Jamaican lottery scam kingpin arrested in Kingston
A man accused of spearheading a lottery scam that bilked at least 70 mostly elderly U.S. residents out of millions of dollars has been arrested in Jamaica, authorities said Monday.
Lavrick Willocks, 27, was taken into custody Saturday after he was found hiding in a garden at a Kingston hotel, according to a news release from the Jamaica Constabulary Force, and a woman who tried to help him escape also was arrested.
Willocks faces numerous charges in U.S. federal court, including conspiracy ...
Nov 8, 2016, 8:11 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery supplier defends role in CT Lottery scandal
Scientific Games, the international gambling-games giant, is defending what appears to be a year-long cascade of glitches and failed oversight that led to an insider hacking scandal and the shutdown of the Connecticut Lottery's popular 5 Card Cash game.
Mollie Cole, director of communications for the Las Vegas-based Scientific Games, says that equipment for the game performed to the Connecticut Lottery Corporation's (CLC) standards.
The hardware and software provided to CLC for the 5 Card ...
Nov 1, 2016, 12:32 pm - Lottery News forum
UPS worker busts up lottery scam
An alert New York UPS employee is credited with saving an elderly Iowa woman from losing thousands of dollars in cash.
The worker called police on Tuesday when he felt something wasn't right about a package that had been delivered to the Union Road store. An investigation showed the box contained $8,300 and was sent from an 81-year-old Iowa woman. The woman got a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and was told she needed to send the money to process a cash prize she had won i ...
Oct 27, 2016, 8:57 pm - Lottery News forum
FBI warns of Mega Millions lottery fraud
The FBI's Atlanta office is warning of a scam involving the Mega Millions Lottery that uses the agency's name, as well as the name of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).
People who are contacted receive very convincing fake letters that name the above agencies, and the recipients are told that they are lottery winners, FBI spokesman Stephen Emmett said. The advance-fee part of the scam begins by requiring the so-called winner to transfer, by wire, thousands of dollars to the lot ...
Oct 25, 2016, 1:16 pm - Lottery News forum
Judge: winner's lawsuit in lottery-fixing case can continue
The winner of a $9 million state lottery jackpot can continue a lawsuit that contends he would have won millions more if the prior drawing had not been rigged by a rogue insider, an Iowa judge has ruled.
District Court Judge Karen Romano rejected requests Wednesday to dismiss the case, which is the first filed against the Multi-State Lottery Association over a major jackpot-rigging scandal inside the organization.
She ruled that the association and the Iowa Lottery are not immune from the ...
Oct 13, 2016, 7:01 pm - Lottery News forum