Three Ohio Lottery Commission workers fired after theft accusations
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Three Ohio Lottery Commission workers misplaced their jobs final week after a watchdog company accused them of stealing just about $three,000 in items that belonged to the state from a Cleveland warehouse.
Scott Kronik, Walter Liszniansky and Jeffrey Chapman had been fired on Friday, lottery spokeswoman Danielle Frizzi Babb mentioned.
All 3 are scheduled to look Feb. 28 at pre-trial hearings at Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, court docket data say.
A grand jury on Dec. 21 passed up prison theft in place of job fees towards the trio, that labored on the fee’s warehouse on Perkins Avenue close to the Agora Ballroom, in line with court docket data.
The males are accused of taking scrap steel and picket pallets from the warehouse and promoting the pieces at native junkyards, police and court docket data say. The staff gathered about $2,900 from the gross sales over a three-year duration, amounting to about $1 consistent with day consistent with particular person.
The Ohio Inspector General’s Office and the State Highway Patrol opened the investigation in July when a co-worker despatched a grievance to the lottery fee, data say.
The grievance mentioned that Kronik, a list keep watch over specialist, and deliverymen Liszniansky and Chapman had been observed loading steel and pallets into their non-public cars, data say. The males later returned to the warehouse, the place they had been observed dividing the money, data say.
All 3 males had been suspended and the grievance was once grew to become over to the inspector normal.
Investigators showed that two within sight scrap yards — The American Iron and Metal Scrap Yard and Maximum Pallets Corp. — purchased fabrics from the lads, data say. Scrap backyard workers supplied data and inventories of the gross sales, in addition to images that confirmed Liszniansky and Chapman scrapping the pieces.
Liszniansky admitted to promoting the products, however mentioned they began after the Ohio Lottery Commission stopped bringing in its personal dumpster to do away with the pallets and place of job provides, and control informed the workers to have the ability to do away with them, the document says.
Chapman informed investigators that the lads were promoting the pieces for “five or six years,” and that the proceeds amounted to “lunch money,” the document says.
The investigation known a complete of 56 cases the place Kronik, Liszniansky and Chapman offered the pieces.
The probe additionally exposed that Kronik and Liszniansky had been stuck a number of instances slumbering at the process.
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