July 12, 2013 – Arkansas Lottery director Bishop Woosley announced today that the former deputy director of security for the Lottery, Remmele Mazyck, pled guilty to wire fraud and money laundering for stealing thousands of winning lottery tickets during his three-year employment.
Mazyck was hired in July 2009, and in November of that year began stealing lottery tickets meant to be given out as free promotional items.
Over three years, Mazyck cashed in 22,710 winning tickets to collect a total of $478,073, using his position as deputy director of security to conceal the theft.
According to an Arkansas Times blog, Mazyck checked packs of the promotional tickets out of the Lottery’s warehouse but never distributed them, scanning the tickets for winners and cashing them in himself.
Mazyck, who was paid a $76,500 salary during his employment, has agreed to pay $482,671 in restitution to the Lottery and its retailers.
According to the press release from the Arkansas Lottery, the losses will be fully covered by insurance.
Woosley became aware of Mazyck’s activities Oct. 26 of last year, and immediately placed him on administrative leave. Mazyck was fired after he failed to show up to a meeting with Woosley Nov. 14.
The Lottery’s press release said that “without the diligence of our retail partners, Mazyck may still be here at the lottery stealing tickets.”
Woosley said that the Cash Saver in Jonesboro, Ark., was the first to call attention to the scheme when they reported suspicious ticket cashings at their store.
No sentencing date has been set for Mazyck, who was allowed to return to South Carolina, where he lives with his family.