HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveNewslettersVolume 20Issue 31Burton Man Pleads Guilty in Gambling Probe

On Monday, November 3, 2014, the owner of Shamrock’s Café in Genessee Township and booking contact for the adjacent Lucky’s Poker Room pled guilty to violations of state gaming laws regarding the operation of an illegal gaming room. Both Shamrock’s Cafe and Lucky’s Poker Room had their charitable gaming licenses suspended by the Executive Director of the Michigan Gaming Control Board (“MGCB”) on November 26, 2013 after investigations revealed material violations of state laws.

Mr. Thomas Joubron pled guilty to charges related to operating an illegal gaming room in the 7thCircuit Court in Flint and a sentencing hearing has been scheduled for December 1, 2014.

Investigations into the operations of Shamrock’s Café and Lucky’s Poker Room began last year after anonymous tips were investigated by the MGCB. An initial investigation by MGCB agents revealed that Shamrock’s Café, located inside Lucky’s Poker Room, permitted customers to purchase credits that were wagered on computer-based casino-style games for cash prizes. Such activity is prohibited under various sections of the Penal Code regarding operating illegal lotteries, betting on uncertain events, and operating gaming houses.

After these preliminary investigations, the Executive Director suspended the charitable gaming licenses for these locations and provided investigative findings to the Michigan State Police. A subsequent investigation by the State Police and Attorney General’s office resulted in multiple felony charges against the operations in April of this year.

In a press release, MGCB Executive Director Richard Kalm stated “[b]ecause Michigan law prohibits unregulated gambling, the MGCB works hard to ensure charitable organizations can operate their games with integrity and without exposure to illegal activities and their criminal consequences. We encourage charities to monitor their events and report illegal gambling activities, improving public safety and guarding their own reputations.”

 

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