HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveNewslettersVolume 21Issue 8Michigan Gaming Control Board Combats Illegal Gambling in State

In its continued effort to help thwart unauthorized and illegal gambling within the state of Michigan, the Michigan Gaming Control Board (“MGCB”) recently announced that it is investigating millionaire parties that were conducted for the benefit of Rockford’s Cannonsburg Elementary School and Cannonsburg Parent Teacher Council (“PTC”). In addition, the MGCB has recently worked with the Roseville Police Department to shut down an illegal gambling operation.

Shannon Marie Rosales, the former treasurer for the PTC, pled guilty to attempted embezzlement of $21,000 in PTC funds in Kent County Cirucit Court, and last month she was sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to repay the PTC in timely installments or face 45 days in jail.

Rosales was actively involved in managing Cannonsburg school- and PTC-sponsored millionaire party events. From 2012 to 2014, she chaired and worked at millionaire party events and signed financial statements for some events.

“While we recognize the school and PTC are embezzlement victims and are innocent of any criminal wrongdoing, the MGCB cannot allow organizations without proper financial controls to run charitable gaming operations,” stated MGCB Executive Director Richard Kalm.

In addition, the MGCB has recently worked with the Roseville Police Department to shut down an illegally run sweepstakes cafe at a Roseville tanning salon. The MGCB provided information that helped lead to the execution of a search warrant on December 18, 2014, which resulted in the seizure of 43 illegal slot machines. Ammar Victor Kattoula, 38, admitted to operating an illegal sweepstakes care in 39th District Court. Kattoula was arraigned on January 13 and charged with a 90-day misdemeanor under a city ordinance.

“Our agency works hand-in-hand with state and local police agencies and the Attorney General’s office to find and eliminate unlicensed gambling operations and the unwanted crime that accompanies them,” MGCB Executive Director Richard Kalm said.

“I encourage Michigan citizens to use our anonymous tip line, 888-314-2682, to report any illegal or suspicious activity and help us stop illegal gambling in Michigan.”

 

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