Former Lottery Security Official Remmele Mazyck Pleads Guilty to Theft

by Gwen Moritz  on Friday, Jul. 12, 2013 2:50 pm  

Remmele Mazyck

The discovery infuriated Woosley. "I was mortified. I was angry," he said, describing Mazyck as "a fairly congenial guy" who was well-liked by his colleagues. When confronted, Mazyck's reaction was "calm denial," Woosley said. Mazyck initially claimed that the tickets he attempted to cash in Jonesboro were tickets he had purchased.

The lottery immediately ceased giving away promotional tickets and removed that status from its computerized record keeping to prevent anyone else from exploiting the same weakness in the system.

No other lottery employees have been fired for theft, Woosley said, and Mazyck's thefts had not compromised the games themselves. "This is simple theft of lottery tickets," he said, while acknowledging that the case might damage the lottery's reputation.

Ernie Passailaigue, the South Carolina lottery official hired to launch Arkansas' first state lottery, hired Mazyck, his former South Carolina colleague, as security deputy. Mazyck, who reported to Security Director Lance Huey, was placed on administrative leave on Oct. 26, according to personnel records obtained under the state Freedom of Information Act. He was fired on Nov. 14 after failing to show up for a meeting with Woosley. Woosley succeeded the controverial Passailaigue, who resigned under pressure in September 2011.

Mazyck was paid $76,500 a year.

In a news release, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery said it is "fully insured for the amount of the theft" and that "retailers sustained no loss as a result of the action of Mazyck."



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