Politics & Government

State worker accused of directing subordinate to place hundreds of bets

FRANKFORT — The superintendent of the Adair Youth Development Center faces ethics charges for allegedly directing a state employee to research and place illegal bets on sporting events for him while the employee was working.

The Executive Branch Ethics Commission accused Dewayne Mills on Monday of instructing a subordinate at the treatment center for juveniles to place bets — anywhere from $25 to $100 — on "hundreds of sporting events" in 2010 and 2011. Mills allegedly would text or call the employee to place the bet with a bookie while the employee was on state time.

Mills also is accused of using state computers to research point spreads, and of instructing an employee to do the same while the employee was working.

On one occasion, Mills allegedly told the employee to lie to his on-site supervisor about why he had to leave a meeting and then use another employee's office to do online betting research.

The ethics panel began its investigation of Mills in September 2012, according to documents released by the commission. If the charges are found to be true, the commission may issue a cease-and-desist order, issue a public reprimand, recommend removal from office and set a fine of up to $5,000 per violation.

Mills did not immediately return phone messages left for him Monday at the youth center.

Stacy Floden, a spokeswoman for the Juvenile Justice Department, declined to release the outcome of that investigation or to say if Mills has been disciplined.

According to state records, Mills makes $70,864 a year as a superintendent. He has been employed by the department since March 1999.