Globe & Mail, Ontario knew of lottery fraud:
Ontario government officials initially became aware of questions about retailers winning a disproportionate share of jackpots six months before the scandal at its lottery corporation became public last October, according to documents obtained by The Globe and Mail.
But the government did not act until the provincial Ombudsman launched a probe.
David Caplan, the minister responsible for the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp., said yesterday after Ombudsman André Marin released his report on the allegations of lottery fraud that he will ask the police to review the suspicious prizes.
Mr. Caplan was repeatedly asked by the opposition and by reporters when he first learned about the problems at the lottery corporation. He said they first came to his attention about 10 days before the CBC-TV program the fifth estate alleged last October that more than 200 ticket retailers or clerks won prizes of more than $50,000 in the past seven years.
However, three officials in Mr. Caplan's office were informed by the lottery corporation in April, six months earlier, that CBC was probing the case of Bob Edmonds, an 82-year-old who was cheated out of his lottery winnings by a retailer. The CBC was also seeking statistics on the number of retailers and other insiders who had won lottery prizes since 1995, according to a series of internal e-mails obtained by The Globe.
First we have the Ontario Liberals reacting to a report condemning them for their neglect for victims of crime when they knew there was a problem - now, we have the Ontario Liberals reacting to a report condemning them for their neglect for consumers of lottery products when they knew there was a problem.
Are they to be applauded for all this reacting?
I know, I know - it's all Mike Harris's fault. Or, Stephen Harper's. It's always somebody else's fault.
I wonder how the Ontario Liberals would react if they were instructed to, say, I don't know - reveal the costs of fighting the ruling that they had to fund autism treatment. Oh yeah - so what.