The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) has announced the appointment of Loretta Lillios as director of the Investigations and Enforcement Bureau (IEB).
The MGC’s four commissioners voted unanimously to approve the selection. Lillios has been with the body since 2014, serving first as deputy general counsel and then as chief enforcement counsel and deputy director. She served since September 2020 as interim director of the bureau.
In her most recent position, Lillios focused on protecting the public interest and ensuring the integrity of legal gaming in Massachusetts, the MGC stated. She has been responsible for overseeing suitability investigations of applicants for gaming licensure, monitoring the ongoing suitability of corporate casino qualifiers and overseeing the preparation of enforcement actions involving licensee noncompliance with gaming requirements.
“On behalf of my fellow commissioners, it is my great pleasure to congratulate Loretta on her appointment as director of the IEB,” said MGC Chairwoman Cathy Judd-Stein. “In addition to her track record of accomplishment as chief enforcement counsel and deputy director of the IEB over the past five years, Loretta’s meticulous attention to detail throughout the course of the global Covid-19 pandemic has served both our licensees and the public as she worked to ensure compliance with the regulations promulgated by the Commission to support a safe and sustained reopening for casinos in the commonwealth.”
The Expanded Gaming Act created the Investigations and Enforcement Bureau within the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. Under the statute, the IEB is responsible for the investigation of all licensees. The director has supervision over four divisions: the Licensing Division, the Gaming Agents Division, the Financial Investigations Division and the Chief Enforcement Counsel’s Office.
The director also has supervisory authority of the Gaming Enforcement Unit of the Massachusetts State Police, and works with local police departments, the Attorney General’s Office and the Alcohol Beverage Control Commission on public safety as well as regulatory and criminal enforcement matters.
Prior to joining the MGC, Lillios was an assistant attorney general assigned to the MGC as an investigator. She previously served in the Government Bureau as special advisor on gaming. From 1998 to 2012, Lillios served as an assistant district attorney in the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office. And prior to her legal career, she worked in publishing and served as the director of conferences for Weingarten Publications.
Lillios is a graduate of the School of Law at Northeastern University and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.