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Scientific Games Corporation is an American corporation that provides gambling products and services to lottery and gambling organizations across the globe. The company is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada. Its products include computerized and mechanical slot machines, table games, instant lottery games, lottery gaming systems, terminals and services, internet applications, server-based interactive gambling terminals, gambling control systems, social gaming, and sports betting. The company traces its history to Autotote, a manufacturer of totalizator systems for pari-mutuel wagering at racetracks. The history of Autotote dates to 1917, when George Julius founded Automatic Totalisators Limited in Australia to build the totalizator system he had invented.

Back in November 2002, Greg S wrote the following peace for THE WASHINGTON POST about an Autotote Employee that was Fired in '99 Scam

Two years before software engineer Chris Harn, the admitted mastermind of one of the biggest frauds in horse racing history began illegally profiting from unclaimed winning tickets, the computer wagering company that employed him fired another worker for a similar scam. In 1999, an Autotote employee who helped operate the company's computer system at Delaware Park in Wilmington was caught forging uncashed winning tickets, a company spokesman said yesterday. "We confirm that this incident occurred," the Autotote spokesman said. "As soon as it was uncovered, the individual was escorted off the premises." The incident was not reported to the Delaware Racing Commission, according to Chairman Bernard J. Daney, and it was unclear last night if criminal charges were filed against the man, who the company declined to identify last night. "I don't know whether [Autotote is] obligated to or not, but they certainly have a moral responsibility to report it to Delaware Park and the commission," Daney said after learning of the incident from a reporter last night. "I'm sure there would have been an investigation and we would have tried to see to it that it didn't happen again." Daney said he would call the commission's attorney to see what Autotote was required to do in such a situation. It's not uncommon for bettors to forget about cashing in tickets or mistakenly believe that their horses finished out of the money. The Illinois Racing Board has said that in 1999 the amount of money left from uncashed tickets totaled more than $4 million. Delaware Park has about $200,000 annually in unclaimed prize money, Daney said, adding that when that money goes unclaimed, it becomes the property of the racetrack. Some tracks will honor a winning ticket as much as two years after the race. Autotote, and its two competitors, AmTote and United Tote International, are battling to restore confidence after Harn manipulated bets and cashed unclaimed winning tickets. Harn pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit fraud and money laundering in federal court in White Plains, N.Y., on Wednesday. In his admission, Harn named as accomplices Derrick Davis and Glen DaSilva, members of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity with Harn at Drexel University in the 1990's. Davis and DaSilva have denied any wrongdoing through their lawyers. They surrendered to police on Nov. 12 and are expected to be charged by Dec. 11. All three men are free on a $200,000 bond. Harn is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 19. Harn, 29, a five-year employee of Autotote, acknowledged that he exploited his access to the company's computer systems to change losing bets to winning bets, including a $3 million payoff for the Breeders' Cup Ultra Pick Six on Oct. 26. He also tapped into the pool of unclaimed prize money by printing out copies of unclaimed winning tickets. Beginning in November 2001, Harn said he passed the forged tickets to Davis and DaSilva, who cashed them at tracks in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. The trio earned close to $100,000, said sources with knowledge of Harn's confession. Two years ago, an Autotote employee at Delaware Park obtained the serial numbers from uncashed winning tickets, sources said. With the serial numbers, the tote worker then entered a track official's room that held a teller terminal, keyed in the serial numbers, and collected the prize money, said a former Autotote employee who asked not to be identified, the sources said. He eventually was discovered and reported to an Autotote official. Harn may have been inspired by the Autotote employee who was caught, according to sources. A source close to the company said that the amount of money the Autotote employee snatched was small and he was fired immediately. Autotote did not determine if the man had tried the scam before, a source said. Such maneuvers are thought to be much more common than the kind of wager manipulation that Harn eventually tried. The horse racing industry has made several moves to bolster security, including hiring the consulting company run by former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani to review the industry's computer wagering system. Giuliani said his company will review records to learn if other cases of fraud exist. He said the review would take at least six months. Autotote is preparing to roll out a parallel computer system that will alert company officials if bets are changed after they are entered into the system.


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