Gambling Hot Line Director Apparently Fired

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - One day after dropping allegations of interference by Lottery officials, the long-time director of the Problem Gamblers Help Network says she found herself apparently fired.

Mia Moran-Cooper also found herself stranded in Kansas City, Missouri, last night with a canceled corporate credit card and canceled hotel room reservation. She'd flown there to attend a conference on compulsive gambling.

The president of First Choice Health Systems, the company that runs the help network, didn't respond to a phone message today about Moran-Cooper's employment status. Nor has Craig Curtis answered a list of questions faxed to his office.

Earlier this week, Curtis declared Moran-Cooper's allegations of Lottery interference "unsubstantiated, misleading or false."

Moran-Cooper told lawmakers Tuesday that Lottery officials had tried to water down the network's ad campaign and discouraged employees from talking to the media. She says Lottery officials also asked for the names of agency employees who'd sought treatment for gambling problems.

Lottery Director John Musgrave has since requested an investigation.

Meanwhile, Moran-Cooper had already planned to leave First Choice at the end of the month.

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