Poor odds don't spoil keno fun, state says State begins turning over records in federal investigation of lottery

February 02, 1993|By C. Fraser Smith | C. Fraser Smith,Staff Writer

Some 13 boxes of records have been collected so far from the State Lottery Agency as part of the Schaefer administration's effort to comply with a request by the U.S. attorney for Maryland, which is investigating lottery contract awards.

The probe involves contracts awarded to GTECH Corp. of Rhode Island for computers and for the state's new keno game.

Daryl Plevy, an aide to Gov. William Donald Schaefer who is coordinating the collection of materials, said the request involves the executive offices, the Lottery Agency and the Board of Public Works, among others.

No subpoena was issued and the documents are being turned over voluntarily, she said.

U.S. Attorney Richard Bennett announced in December he would be asking for the materials and, on Jan. 8, delivered his detailed request.

"The governor is more than happy to turn all of this over. There is a massive amount of information. They've pretty much asked for everything," Ms. Plevy said.

She said the materials are being provided "willingly and as quickly as we can."

The administration is asked to provide data from 17 different sources, including correspondence, minutes of meetings, telephone logs, financial analyses, records of consultants and the records kept by two ad hoc committees appointed by Mr. Schaefer to evaluate bids for a lottery computer contract.

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