Former lottery director, VP questioned in audit

There may be more than meets the eye behind the abrupt resignations of the former director of the lottery commission and vice president of gaming board following a state audit that revealed the two improperly documented travel to their out of state homes on state time.

From Arkansas News: “An audit report released Thursday shows that former Director Ernie Passailaigue and former Vice President of Gaming David Barden apparently spent 27 percent and 21 percent, respectively, of their working days flying to their out-of-state homes and that they did not always adequately document their flights.”

According to Talk Business, the two have homes in South Carolina and Maine.

Passailaigue and Barden reportedly said in letters to the auditors that the audit didn’t take into consideration the long hours they worked or the possibility that the two men worked on days they were traveling.

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