Lottery: Federal Probe Underway

Federal indictments contend a man accused of failing to disclose his financial connections with a prominent lottery vendor when joining the North Carolina lottery commission also was paid to work to bring lotteries to three other states. Kevin Geddings was charged this week on nine counts of mail or wire fraud by a federal grand jury. He is accused of misleading the state and the North Carolina Education Lottery Commission about his financial history with Scientific Games International. Geddings says he hasn't broken any laws and disagreed with the government's assertions that he had worked to facilitate passage of lotteries in Tennessee and Oklahoma. According to this week's indictment, Geddings' consulting firm received nearly 230-thousand dollars from 2001 to 2005 either from Scientific Games or a company it later acquired. He failed to identify the payments on economic disclosure statements he was required to sign when he was appointed to the commission by House Speaker Jim Black.