A sentencing hearing is scheduled for a former Arkansas lottery security official charged with stealing and cashing almost half a million dollars' worth of scratch-off tickets.
The hearing for former deputy security director Remmele Mazyck is to begin Thursday morning in Little Rock.
Mazyck pleaded guilty to federal wire fraud and money laundering charges in July.
Lottery's director Bishop Woosley fired Mazyck in November 2012 after learning about the ticket thefts.
The lottery says Mazyck cashed more than 22,700 tickets worth about $478,000 between 2009 and 2012. Mazyck's lawyer has disputed the amount.
Officials say Mazyck used his own security clearance to code tickets from the lottery's warehouse as promotional