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Custodian denies booking bets on the job

March 1, 2011

METHUEN, MA — The school custodian who was fired after pleading guilty to a gambling charge denies booking bets on the job, according to the Eagle-Tribune.

Then Superintendent Jeanne Whitten fired Eugene Casey in 2007, accusing him of working on an illegal gambling operation while on duty as a school custodian, the article noted.

Casey appealed to the state Civil Service Commission and the commission voted 3-2 in November to amend his firing to a one-year suspension without pay, thus allowing him to return to work, the article stated.

According to the article, the school department is now appealing the decision that would allow Casey to return to work.

"We believe that the termination was absolutely justified and there was no substantial findings on the record from civil service that tells me otherwise," said City Solicitor Peter McQuillan.

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