It appears the former top boss of the BC Lottery Corporation has missed a government-imposed deadline to pay back thousands of dollars after he was found in a conflict of interest for accepting a new position at a private gaming firm.
Michael Graydon was told to pay back two months’ salary and hold-back after he was found in conflict of interest for failing to disclose he was negotiating a new job with Paragon Gaming.
NDP gaming critic Shane Simpson says Graydon should not have been paid out.
“It was a pretty simple question to ask when you started negotiating with Paragon for this new position, and if they had asked that question, and Mr. Graydon had been forth right, there would never have been a severance package.”
“Clearly what happened, he was in a conflict of interest, he shouldn’t of received a severance payment, and he should return the money.”
Sandy Garrasino with Vancouver Not Vegas says the Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch should remove him.
“He should not be in a senior position of a service provider to the provincial government. He should simply be blocked … Clearly he shouldn’t have got the payment, but he shouldn’t have been permitted to go there, and we are saying that the gaming policy and enforcement branch should block his appointment now, which they have the power to do.”
Paragon is proposing a 500-million dollar casino and resort near BC Place.