Former Maryland Lottery Employee Charged With Theft of Lottery Tickets
$67,000 in lottery winnings allegedly collected
Baltimore, MD ( April 18, 2013) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that former Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency employee Mark Barron Hantske, 59, of Lothian, has been indicted by the Grand Jury for Anne Arundel County on three counts of theft over $10,000 but less than $100,000, five counts of theft over $1,000 but less than $10,000, two counts of theft under $1,000 and one count of theft scheme over $10,000 but less than $100,000. An arraignment date has been set for May 6.
The charges allege that between June 2008 and February 2012, while employed as a Lottery Sales Representative, Hantske stole lottery tickets from nine retailers valued at $99,600 which enabled him to collect over $67,000 in lottery winnings.
Felony theft scheme over $10,000 but under $100,000 is punishable by a maximum sentence of 15 years incarceration and a $15,000 fine. Felony theft over $1,000 but less than $10,000 is punishable by 10 years and a $10,000 fine. Misdemeanor theft under $1,000 is punishable by 18 months and a $500 fine.
The investigation was conducted by the Attorney General's Criminal Division, the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Commission Security Division and the Maryland State Police.
A criminal charge is merely an accusation of wrongdoing and the defendant is presumed innocent unless the State proves his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.