July 16, 2013 – The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery promptly closed its doors to the public and the press Monday morning to discuss “employee discipline” following Friday’s guilty plea from former employee Remmele Mazyck.
Mazyck pleaded guilty Friday to charges of money laundering and wire fraud for stealing more than 20,000 lottery tickets during his three year employment. He cashed in winners for nearly half a million dollars before being caught.
Mazyck was the Lottery’s deputy director of security, and used his position to re-label packs of lottery tickets as free promotional giveaways before checking them out of the Lottery’s warehouse for himself.
Lottery directory Bishop Woosley told the press Monday that the Lottery would be filling Mazyck’s position in the near future, but did not specify when.
“I want to give assurances to the commission and the public that this is not something that will happen again,” Woosley said at the end of his regular Monday report.
“I feel we’ve covered all our bases and we are a better agency for this having happened,” he said.
After meeting in closed session for more than an hour, the Lottery commission announced that it would not be taking disciplinary action against any other employees at this time.
Woosley said he would be monitoring the federal case against Mazyck before the issue was fully put to rest by the Lottery.