The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Iowa Attorney Generals’ office is seeking the help from the public in the investigation of a major lottery ticket fraud.
The Iowa Attorney General’s office filed an application for subpoenas Tuesday as part of its investigation into a criminal network alleged to have won fixed lottery jackpots in Iowa, Colorado, Oklahoma, Kansas and Wisconsin. That application requests subpoenas for records related to La Grange, Texas attorney Luis Vallejo and Woodlands, Texas attorney J. Thad Whisenant.
Investigators are asking that anyone who has information about lottery-related actions or statements by the two attorneys to call the DCI. This is part of the continuing investigation of Eddie Tipton, his brother Tommy Tipton, and other acquaintances who may’ve purchased lottery tickets that had numbers generated randomly by computer programs built at the Multistate Lottery Association.
Eddie Tipton is the former security director of the association and was found guilty of two charges involving a multi-million dollar winning Hot Lotto ticket from December 23 of 2010. One of those charges was thrown out, but a felony tampering charge stood.