Ex-B.C. lotto boss who broke conflict rules repays $55K in wages

VICTORIA - The former boss of the B.C. Lottery Corporation has paid back $55,000 collected while he was found to be in a conflict of interest.

Michael Graydon left the Crown agency last February to become president of the newly formed PV Hospitality ULC, an affiliate of the Paragon Gaming Inc. developing a casino project adjacent to BC Place.

A government review found he'd been in negotiations for two months while still at the helm of the lottery corporation.

He did not disclose that fact to the lottery board.

And after he left he had access to the agency's information system for another 10 days, though there was no evidence Graydon used insider information to benefit his new employer.

Graydon received a $125,000 severance package when he quit but he was not asked to repay $30,000 in vacation pay to which the agency said he was legally entitled.


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