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Former State Gaming Employee Gets Jail Time

(Phoenix, Ariz. – May 16, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that Daniel A. Muller, 59, was sentenced to 30 days in jail and two years probation after pleading guilty to conflict of interest of a public employee, a class six felony. He was also ordered to pay a $1,800 fine.

Muller used his position as a financial investigator at the Arizona Department of Gaming to obtain confidential information from the Kansas State Gaming Agency about an ongoing investigation involving R. Franco USA. Muller failed to disclose he had recently accepted a position with R. Franco and used the confidential information to benefit the company.

Muller, of Phoenix, was indicted in August 2004 after a joint investigation by the Attorney General’s Office and the Arizona Department of Gaming found that Muller used his position to gain employment with R. Franco USA, a slot machine company applying to have its machines used in Arizona casinos.

He was sentenced by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Thomas W. O’Toole. Assistant Attorney General Todd Lawson prosecuted this case.