Thursday, January 27, 2011

Anchorage Lucky Times Pull Tab Owner Abe Spicola Charged With 10 Criminal Counts Including Bribery; Spicola Says It's An "Accounting Dispute"

Update August 31st: Abe Spicola now faces additional charges; see updated post HERE.

Remember when Lucky Times Pull Tab owner Abe Spicola was running those lotto drawings for Standing Together Against Rape (S.T.A.R.), and he kept incrementally delaying the drawing date one month at a time because he had not received enough revenue from ticket sales? Many Alaskans began to question whether he was on the level.

Now Abe Spicola has been reportedly charged with 10 different felonies associated with the operation of his business. The list includes three felonies for receiving bribes, one misdemeanor for falsifying documents, and six counts of failure to file a monthly report and pay the non-profits for whom he was operating the gaming permits. KTVA Channel 11 was the only Alaska media outlet to report this story, originally airing on January 15th, although the Anchorage Press has now picked it up and offers a much more detailed report. S.T.A.R. is NOT one of the non-profits who have not been paid; the six-figure S.T.A.R. lottos were not affected. The Anchorage Press expressly states that the charges all stem from pull-tab games run by Spicola out of his Spenard storefront operation, Lucky Times Pull-Tabs, and that none of them have anything to do with the big-ticket raffles he introduced in 2008 and ’09 and marketed as Alaska’s first lottery.

There is now an entry in the Alaska Court System database under the name Abraham Spicola, Case No. 3AN-11-00556CR. It indicates that the charges against Spicola have been updated to three felonies, one misdemeanor, and six violations:

-- Three counts Comm Bribe Receiving - By Fiduciary, a Class C Felony
-- One count Unsworn Falsific 2 - Form States Punishmt, a Class A Misdemeanor
-- Six counts Failure to File Monthly Operator Report (1st Offense), a violation

Summary of Allegations: Spicola allegedly asked two local non-profits, the Anchorage Community Theatre and A.B.A.T.E, to pay him $9,000 to $10,000 for new gaming equipment. Any return payments given the non-profits, which were required by state law, were either consistently late or absent. Spicola is also accused of demanding the two non-profits invest their money back into Lucky Times by buying his pull-tabs, allegedly as much as $10,000 worth. When the non-profits began to raise concerns, Spicola allegedly asked them not to turn him in.

Spicola's Response: Abe Spicola's lawyer, Terry Aglietti, says his client plans to plead not guilty to all charges, characterizing it as an "accounting dispute". Subsequently, Spicola himself stated “I’m totally innocent and I am looking forward to having a day in court so I can clear my name”. But if this goes to trial and Spicola's found guilty on all charges, this "accounting dispute" could cost him a maximum of 16 years in prison and undisclosed thousands of dollars in fines. In addition, he could also lose his gaming license for at least 10 years even if convicted on only one of those charges. Undoubtedly, the fact that Spicola once worked as an investigator for the Department of Revenue Gaming Division would increase the severity of any sentence. Lucky Times Pull-Tabs is still open, and Spicola is licensed and permitted to play even while his case is going to court. An arraignment hearing is scheduled for February 4th.

One additional problem is that Abe Spicola has somewhat of a checkered past, although there are no apparent integrity issues. KTVA previously reported that during the past 12 years, there have been two assaults, multiple restraining orders and two domestic violence charges against Spicola. While most charges were dropped, Spicola pleaded no contest to domestic violence assault in 2003.

It is curious that even though KTVA published this story on January 14th, and also aired a separate video report, that no other local media outlet picked up on it until January 27th.


  1. Most police officers enter the force with the intent to do good - they wish to provide protection from those who would do harm. However, they are unaware that they are being harmed and used by those at the top of the pyramids they are part of. Far from offering protection to men, women and children, they are trained and employed to enforce policies that have nothing to do with protection or freedom. The corporations are now on a higher standing than flesh and blood men and women with spirit embodied, as shown by the fact that Admiralty Law is now in operation while common law has been discontinued.

  2. Sounds like someone has a personal issue with Mr.Spicola and they are using their influence to take him down anyway they can. Ask me the man is innocent.

  3. Jack Powers

  4. That whole operation has appeared somewhat questionable since it opened? When they opened for business the owners were physically operating it for the majority of the hours of operation, then for quite a duration of time "months" it was a rare occassion to see them there? The accounting for the employees payroll or income "taxs" would be interesting one would have to guess, and if any of the employees could possibly have been on any government assistance and reporting as necessary? Does that operation really worry Mr. Powers? Doubtful!!