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Former Lottery Security Official Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison

Remmele Mazyck also ordered to pay back $482,000.
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- A former Arkansas Lottery Commission (ALC) employee who pleaded guilty back in July to stealing more than $400,000 worth of lottery tickets and cashing them, has been sentenced to 37 months in prison.

In court this morning, Remmele Mazyck, the ALC's former deputy director of security, was also ordered to pay back $482,000 in restitution to the lottery.

“Although I had hoped for the maximum sentence of 47 months under the sentencing guidelines, I am pleased with the Court’s sentence,” Arkansas Lottery Commission Director Bishop Woosley said. “The amount of money taken was substantial, it was taken over a long period of time, and Mazyck was in a position of trust. This sentence sends a strong message to everyone in public agencies that a violation of the public’s trust and resources is unacceptable.”

The lottery is fully insured for the amount of the theft through the Arkansas Fidelity Bond Trust Fund administered by the Arkansas Governmental Bonding Board and a supplemental insurance policy which ALC purchased following start-up. "We have submitted a claim under our supplemental policy insurance company and hope to find out soon if it will be paid. Assuming our claim is paid under both policies, the ALC will sustain no monetary loss from this theft. “I am glad that this chapter in the Lottery’s history is one step closer to being closed,” Woosley added.

The charges filed against Mazyck stated that between November 2009 and October 2012 he used his position of authority to steal lottery tickets and cash them undetected.

Mazyck cashed 22,710 tickets for a total $478,073.

Lottery officials first learned about the activity in October 2012 and Mazyck was placed on administrative leave before being fired two weeks later.

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