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Computer programmer facing 25-years in prison for Iowa lottery-rigging scheme

August 21, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Computer programmer facing 25-years in prison for Iowa lottery-rigging scheme

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A former Iowa state lottery worker faces over two decades in prison for a lottery-rigging scheme that allowed him to fix the results.

Eddie Tipton, a 54-year-old computer programmer, pleaded guilty in June to orchestrating a $2 million-dollar multi-state lottery-rigging scheme that allowed him to pick winning numbers.

As a result, prosecutors will seek a 25-year term of imprisonment when he is scheduled to be sentenced on Tuesday.

Tipton, who was arrested in 2015, admitted to rigging the lottery on six different occasions in five different states between 2005 and 2011, The New York Post reported.

“The depth of his deceit is dumbfounding; such crimes cannot be answered without a prison sentenced,” Iowa Assistant Attorney General Rob Sand said in court filings.

Tipton admitted he secretly installed computer software that allowed him to pick numbers and had his brother Tommy Tipton, a friend, Robert Rhodes, and others purchase the tickets.

Tommy Tipton is serving a 75-day sentence in Texas, while Rhodes is scheduled for sentencing on Aug. 25.

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