Former security chief grilled by CT Lottery lawyer at hearing

Former security chief grilled by CT Lottery lawyer at hearing

Fallout from 2018 botched raffle draw continues

A hearing on an ex-lottery reputable’s “whistleblower complaint” grew heated Wednesday over the query of why a Connecticut Lottery Corp. drawing staff entered the unsuitable numbers right into a automatic “random number generator” on Jan. 1, 2018, in a million-dollar blunder that required a do-over drawing two weeks later and hasn’t ever stopped inflicting bother since.

Wednesday’s warmth arose from lottery lawyer Jim Shea’s cross-examination of Alfred DuPuis, the lottery’s former director of security, on DuPuis’ testimony an afternoon previous that superiors unfairly charged him with “gross neglect” over the error by his subordinates at the New Year’s Day Super Draw of 2018. DuPuis had mentioned Tuesday, at the first day of his hearing/trial by the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, that he wasn’t individually liable for the Super Draw mistake — and that the “gross neglect” fee have been lodged for “retaliatory purposes” associated with his position in uncovering store fraud within the five Card Cash recreation that needed to be cancelled 4 years in the past.

However, Shea, of the Jackson Lewis regulation place of work in Hartford that is been employed by the lottery company, requested DuPuis a sequence of questions over a number of hours, many concerning the now-retired security chief’s authorization and approval of a short-form “checklist” to be used by drawing staff participants at the vacation morning when the New Year’s Super Draw’s successful numbers had been decided on.

Shea mentioned that the drawing workforce had been intended to abide by reputable lottery procedures that integrated illustrated directions emphasizing that Super Draw price ticket numbers went upward from a low of 100001 — and so when 214,601 tickets had been offered, the highest eligible quantity price ticket quantity entered into the random quantity generator, or RNG, “must be adjusted by 100,000” upward to 314601.

But as a substitute, that drawing staff entered 214601 as the highest eligible quantity, leaving 100,000 tickets (numbered from 214602 to 314601) out of the drawing — and Shea mentioned mentioned Wednesday that it used to be for the reason that short-hand “checklist” did not come with particular directions to make the all-important addition of 100,000 to the selection of tickets offered. Shea puzzled the truth that the tick list integrated steps that gave the impression trivial by comparability, reminiscent of pronouncing that the drawing staff must collect within the lottery’s Newington headquarters parking zone, must turn a coin to decide which of 2 RNGs it could use, or even must push the button to set RNG into operation.

“You actually have an instruction… to turn on the RNG by pressing the start button,” he mentioned to DuPuis. “And then we get to box 10, which relates to setting the drawing range parameters [from the lowest to highest-numbered tickets], and there’s not one word about the critical step of increasing the upper range by 100,000 tickets — is there?”

“There isn’t — there are numbers in there,” DuPuis responded, protecting the “checklist” by pronouncing it famous that the low price ticket quantity used to be 100001, as a substitute of 000001, which must were sufficient route for Valerie Guglielmo, the lottery worker who advanced the tick list beneath DuPuis’ supervision, and the opposite 4 participants of the staff on which she used to be the designated “drawing performer.”

But Shea persevered: “There’s no instruction to increase the upper range by 100,000, is there?”

DuPuis responded: “If a lay person looked at this, your answer is correct. But a person who’s been trained to do the drawing, when they see lower range 100001, that’s the identifier… to increase the range by 100,000.” He mentioned that the drawing workforce — two from the lottery, two from the state Department of Consumer Protection, which is the lottery’s regulator — had long gone thru apply drawings and coaching that are supposed to have instructed them that the low quantity used to be 100001, they must “add the 100,000” to the overall selection of tickets offered.

He additionally mentioned consultant of an audit company, Marcum LLP, wasn’t intended to were proven the “checklist” and used to be beneath directions to make use of the whole set of long reputable procedures, and must have stuck the mistake. However, Guglielmo let the Marcum auditor use the “checklist,” too, a lottery investigation discovered.

Shea stored urgent his level, pronouncing that the “checklist” used to be “missing even a simple comment [to] increase the upper range” by 100,000.

“That is your interpretation,” DuPuis responded.

Shea mentioned “it’s not my interpretation,” however a fact.

“That’s your interpretation,” DuPuis mentioned.

“There’s not even a simple comment,” Shea repeated.

The CHRO hearing officer, Michele Mount, broke in and mentioned it used to be getting “too argumentative,” main Shea to invite her: “You’re objecting?”

“Well, I’m trying to control this procedure,” Mount mentioned.

Shea mentioned to DuPuis: “Back to your checklist — when you prepared it, you saw fit to tell the drawing team to assemble in the parking lot, you saw fit to tell your drawing team to turn on the RNG, and yet there’s not a single word — word, not numbers, word — about increasing the upper range.”

“That’s your opinion,” DuPuis mentioned.

“And as a matter of fact, your indicator” — the low price ticket quantity within the tick list — “didn’t work, did it?”

DuPuis’ lawyer, Eric Brown, objected, and after a couple of moments it ended.

But the tip of those hearings is not in sight. It’s now transparent that a number of extra hearing dates will probably be wanted past this week, and in all probability into the summer time, to listen to different witnesses. That approach it is not going that the case will probably be made up our minds this yr.

DuPuis claims that the fee of “gross neglect” in opposition to him used to be adopted by the lottery’s introduction of an “intolerable work atmosphere” that compelled him to retire early final November at age 62 and that he’s entitled to reimbursement. The lottery denies his allegations. DuPuis used to be put on a paid administrative go away Feb. 15, 2018 when then-interim lottery CEO Chelsea Turner passed him a letter pronouncing he must go back to paintings Feb. 23 to give an explanation for why he must no longer be topic to attainable self-discipline as much as termination. But he by no means returned and used circle of relatives go away till he after all retired 9 months later. He’s now gathering a $47,000 state pension and has began drawing on his Social Security advantages.

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Updated: April 4, 2019 — 7:49 pm

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