Eddie Tipton, an ex-lotto worker, was on Tuesday sentenced to a total of 25 years behind bars for accounts of rigging the lottery system in a number of states in order to collect jackpots. Tipton, who worked as a security director at Multistate Lottery Association, was sentenced by a judge in Iowa who in his ruling mentioned the culprit’s ‘greed’.
Tipton later in his submission deeply regretted his actions putting in mind the individuals that know him. In relation to availed court documents, he further pleaded guilty to criminal charges for an account involving a total of 7 lotto tickets derived from five states. His admission was on accounts of rigging the computer codes in order to generate winning numbers-benefiting him and his chosen accomplices.
The total amount payable in restitution is about $2.2 million which is inclusive of $1.1 million (Colorado lottery), $644,000 (Oklahoma lottery), $391,000 (Wisconsin lottery) and $30,000 (Kansas lottery) respectively. When asked by the Judge how he would repay the amount, Tipton initially responded by saying he had no idea.
Later, however, Rob Sand, the deputy Attorney General confirmed his plans to go after the co-conspirators Robert Rhodes and Tommy Tipton to recover considerable restitution amounts. He further reiterated that all the culprits involved in the case had in their possession an unlimited amount of assets at disposal.
According to Tipton’s lawyers and the deputy attorney general, neither expects Tipton to serve the entire sentence handed. As per his lawyer, he expects Tipton-his client-to serve between 3 and 4 years behind bars before he is released.
Mr. Dean Stowers, who is his lawyer, through an exclusive email sent to CNNMoney, said that his client was pleased to not only forget this chapter of his life but was also looking forward to carry on with his normal life. He also requested the judge to offer his client a subsequently suspended sentence.
The prosecutor to the case confirmed that Tipton would only serve a term not exceeding five years provided he showed good conduct and made parole.
According to Sand in a statement delivered at an exclusive post-sentencing interview where reporters were present, any insider who abuses their position of privilege and trust should well expect to face the full face of the law. He further added that he was content and happy that it was unanimously agreed and found appropriate by the court to send the culprit to prison.
In his job capacity, Tipton was formerly an employee at Multistate Lottery Association-an agency charged with administering state lotteries-where he worked as a programmer. According to a statement from the Iowa Attorney General, Mr. Tom Miller, Tipton not only designed but also maintains software used with respect to computerised random number generators which are utilised in the selection of the winning numbers in lotteries for numerous states across the nation.
Tipton who resides in Texas purchased lotto tickets from stations across various states Iowa included while carefully selecting numbers which he was certain would win since he was the architect of the program which generated all the respective winning numbers. Tipton then later gave one of his chosen comrades (third-party) who later agreed to not only cashing them but splitting the rewards with him.
One of the main accomplices was surprisingly the brother to Tommy according to the authorities. The investigation on these two brothers commenced in 2010 and was inspired by a doubtful claim with respect to a $14.3 million Iowa Hot Lotto Jackpot where the officials refrained from paying. The Criminal Investigation Department of Iowa in their investigation further identified and traced their scheme to several other states.
In June, Tipton made an exclusive deal with the prosecutors where he pleaded guilty to ongoing criminal demeanor on the Iowa state charge. Prosecutors subsequently dropped the charge for laundering money. The judges will allow him to serve his initial Iowa sentence alongside another Wisconsin sentence set at five and a half years where he had pleaded guilty with respect to computer crime and fraud.
After sentencing, Robert Sand, the Iowa Deputy Attorney General in one news conference confirmed that the involved investigators were confident they had completely uncovered every rigged jackpot by Tipton. He later added that it was appropriate that Tipton was to spend several years behind bars.
Tommy, Tipton’s brother, a former Texas judge, is presently serving a sentence of 75 days in Texas. The sentence is on charges of conspiracy to commit crime and a misconduct theft charge.
As for Rhodes Tipton’s friend-who is also a resident of Texas, will be sentenced come Friday on accounts for which he has already pleaded guilty to. Moreover, he is also the individual who went out to cash in the $14.3 million winning ticket.
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