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Maziarz sues OTB alleging 'fraud'

A lawsuit claims OTB has misused funds for the benefit of its executives and board members.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Former New York State Sen. George Maziarz wants a judge to order officials from Western Regional Off-Track Betting Corp. to reimburse taxpayers for benefits he says they improperly obtained while using the public agency as a “slush fund, an ATM [and] a piggy bank.” 

In a lawsuit filed Saturday in state Supreme Court in Erie County, Maziarz alleges the misuse of public resources by OTB higher-ups has prevented the agency’s “massive revenues” from being “fairly distributed to the municipalities and taxpayers it serves.” 

Formed as a public benefit corporation in 1973, OTB operates 12 branches, 26 E-Z Bet locations, a telephone wagering service, and Batavia Downs Gaming, a harness racing track and casino in Genesee County.

You can read the full story on Investigative Post's website.



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