Remmele Mazyck, the former deputy director of security at the Arkansas Lottery commission who admitted in July to stealing more than $420,ooo in tickets and cashing them, has been sentenced to 37 months in prison and ordered to pay $482,000 in restitution. It had earlier been alleged that Mazyck managed to steal 22,710 tickets between November 2009 and October 2012, and cashed them for $478,073.
Arkansas Lottery Commission Director Bishop Woosley said that though he would have preferred the maximum sentence of 47 months, he is happy with the message the sentencing gives that violation of the public trust is not acceptable. In Mazyck’s case, it is doubly serious as he had been employed in security.
The lottery is fully covered by insurance and has filed a claim for the losses resulting from the theft. It anticipates full recovery of the amount stolen, if the claim is approved.