HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveNewslettersVolume 22Issue 22FORMER BENTLEY SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER PLEADS GUILTY TO LARCENY

On June 28, former Bentley School board member, Michael McCollum, plead guilty in Genesee County’s 67thDistrict court to two felony counts of larceny by false pretenses and 11 counts of misdemeanor charitable gaming violations, according to the Michigan Gaming Control Board (“MGCB”). Mr. McCollum must pay $40,000 in restitution for funds after admitting to have stolen proceeds from charity poker fundraisers throughout the Flint area.

McCollum, 52, of Burton operated various charity poker events at the former Gloria’s Poker Palace in Burton. The charges arose from a two-year investigation by the Michigan Attorney General’s office and the Michigan Gaming Control Board into Mr. McCollum and the related charity events affiliated with two Catholic churches, Blessed Sacrament and St. Francis Xavier, held between 2010 and 2013.

Investigators say Mr. McCollum spent charitable gaming proceeds on a time-share property in Mexico and vacations. He was accused of skimming profits from more than 130 licensed charity events.

“State charitable gaming laws require charities to manage the games and gaming records,” said Richard Kalm, executive director, MGCB. “In this case, a non-member managed the events and stole from the gaming proceeds.

On September 8, 2016, at 8:30 am, Mr. McCollum will be sentenced. Though, as a part of a plea agreement, 10 counts, including two felonies, were dismissed.

“When the charitable gaming money was stolen, the charities had fewer resources for good works, which hurt the community,” said Mr. Kalm. “We are pleased the charities will receive restitution. The MGCB enforces gaming regulations to protect charities and help them avoid becoming victims of crime. We have seen fewer problems since introducing charitable gaming rules in 2014.”


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