Skip to comments.DC lottery contract is subject of federal probe
Posted on 12/10/2012 11:20:42 AM PST by Uncle Chip
WASHINGTON (AP) A federal grand jury is investigating the awarding of the $38 million contract to run the District of Columbia lottery, a process that raises further questions about corruption in a city government already beleaguered by criminal prosecutions.
Although no one has yet been charged in the lottery probe, authorities are looking for evidence of crimes including bribery and illegal steering of contracts, and numerous officials are under scrutiny, according to several people familiar with the probe. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they've been instructed not to impede the ongoing investigation.
Regardless of the outcome of the probe, the awarding of the lottery contract which went to Greek gaming company Intralot in 2009 illustrates systemic problems that open the door for elected officials to play politics with the contracting process and influence who wins.
The lottery investigation increases the scrutiny on a city government already reeling from unrelated prosecutions that targeted several of the district's elected officials and their aides.
Three aides to Mayor Vincent Gray's 2010 campaign have pleaded guilty to federal crimes, and the mayor's campaign remains under investigation. Meanwhile, two councilmembers have resigned in the past year after pleading guilty to felonies one of which involved stealing city money earmarked for youth sports.
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"Only a handful of large firms have the technology to operate state-level lottery systems. But district contracting rules make it all but impossible to win a major contract without a local partner that's been certified as a disadvantaged local business. The program grew out of minority set-asides implemented under former Mayor Marion Barry."
“b*tch set me up”
Boggling how upwards of $38 million is needed to embellish basically a drum with a bunch of numbered balls inside it.
If only the crony capitalism ws not in everyones political pockets - this type of story runs not just into “crime “ but poorly run departments in government too. Clean it up, make it smaller and then peopel will ahve a reason to vote.