N.C. Lottery conviction sends message about disclosure
More indictments may be forthcoming
Voluntary public servants beware: Withholding information about your past could get you in serious trouble.
Changes in North Carolina ethics laws will make it harder for appointed members of boards and commissions to hide potential conflicts of interests, and the new law stiffens penalties when disclosures are incomplete.
But the five felony fraud convictions given by a federal jury Thursday to a former state lottery commissioner who lied about his p ...
Oct 18, 2006, 5:16 pm - Lottery News forum
Witness Says N.C. Lottery Commissioner Met With Possible Vendor
Within days of joining the state's lottery commission, Kevin Geddings met with a man who wanted to do business with North Carolina, an attorney testified Monday at Geddings' federal fraud trial.
Joe Lucas, a Charlotte lawyer, said he arranged for Geddings to meet with a friend who maintained instant ticket machines for the Georgia lottery. The friend performed the work under contract with Scientific Games Corp., Lucas said.
Prosecutors have accused Geddings of failing to disclose to the St ...
Oct 3, 2006, 12:29 pm - Lottery News forum
N.C. Lottery fraud trial: E-mail disclosure has witness in tears
An office manager for former state lottery commissioner Kevin L. Geddings broke down in tears on the witness stand Tuesday when she was asked to read for jurors an e-mail message that Geddings had sent her last year.
The message directed Cheri Moore Pfisterer of Charlotte to not disclose that lottery vendor Scientific Games was a client of Geddings' public-relations firm.
Geddings sent the message four days after House Speaker Jim Black appointed him to the lottery commission.
Pls neve ...
Sep 27, 2006, 1:39 pm - Lottery News forum
N.C. lottery fraud trial puts S.C. Lottery under microscope
The federal trial of Kevin L. Geddings is probing as deeply into his pro-lottery work in South Carolina as it is into his activities leading up to his appointment last year to North Carolina's lottery commission.
And the evidence presented so far by prosecutors suggests they see a pattern of conduct payments to Geddings by lottery vendor Scientific Games in exchange for helping the company win lottery business.
Testimony and evidence show that creating a lottery in the Palmetto state ...
Sep 27, 2006, 12:57 pm - Lottery News forum
Trial in N.C. lottery fraud case begins
Federal prosecutors said Thursday that former N.C. lottery commissioner Kevin Geddings spent 60 telltale days last year working for a lottery company, holding a state lottery post and deceiving the public.
In opening statements in Geddings' fraud case, Assistant U.S. Attorney Dennis Duffy said Geddings had a lucrative relationship with lottery vendor Scientific Games that was a conflict of interest as a commissioner. By failing to disclose the relationship, Duffy said Geddings violated a law ...
Sep 22, 2006, 2:30 pm - Lottery News forum
565 lottery scammers arrested in global operation
Massive 14-month investigation spans the globe and brings more than 500 fraudsters to justice
More than 2.8 million people in the U.S. paid to obtain credit cards, claim sweepstakes winnings and get in on lucrative investments that turned out to be too good to be true, officials said Tuesday as they announced hundreds of arrests in an international investigation.
Authorities in five countries have arrested 565 people in fraud schemes that netted more than $1 billion. Many of those arreste ...
May 23, 2006, 6:41 pm - Lottery News forum
Man charged with forging lottery ticket claims it was a joke
A Pennsylvania man charged with forging a winning lottery ticket in October was only playing a joke on a coworker, his defense attorney said today.
That joke, attorney Stephen Ellwood said, was merely that (James A. Koons Jr.) wanted someone to find it and think it was real.
And that someone Brian Scott Miller, 34, of Pheasant Drive South in North Middleton Township now faces charges after he allegedly found the ticket at the Middlesex Township trucking firm where he worked and tried ...
Apr 6, 2006, 11:42 am - Lottery News forum
Californians targeted by Spanish lottery scam
Imagine receiving a letter in the mail that you're the big winner of a lottery in Spain. If it sounds too good to be true, that's probably because it is.This scam is known as the El Gordo lottery, meaning fat one . But the only ones fattening their wallets are the criminals behind it.It's a letter that seemed too good to be true to News 8's assistant news director Dean Elwood. $600,000 ... who wouldn't want that, he said.And according to this notice claiming to be from the El Gordo Spani ...
Nov 30, 2005, 1:21 pm - Lottery News forum
Pa. Man Charged With Redeeming Forged Winning Lottery Ticket
A Pennsylvania man is accused of redeeming a forged lottery ticket.Police said Brian Scott Miller, 34, of Cumberland County, was one of 18 workers at Roadway Express who pool their money to play the lottery each week. Validation tests showed the ticket he took to lottery headquarters was forged. He was arrested once he walked out of lottery headquarters with what he thought was a valid check for $853,000.An agent for the attorney general's office, told a judge Monday that Miller was cooperative ...
Nov 15, 2005, 5:57 pm - Lottery News forum