HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveNewslettersVolume 20Issue 14Four Charged with Felony Violations of Michigan Gaming Control and Revenue Act

On Tuesday, April 29, 2014, the Michigan Gaming Control Board (“MGCB”) issued a press release stating that the Michigan State Police (“MSP”) Gaming Unit, working together with the Michigan Attorney General’s Office and the MGCB, has charged four persons with multiple felony violations of the Michigan Gaming Control and Revenue Act (the “Gaming Act”) in connection with an ongoing investigation of gambling activities alleged to have occurred at the Shamrock Internet Café in Genesee Township.

According to the release, on November 18, 2013, the MSP executed a search warrant at the location—which also serves as the home of Lucky’s Poker Room, Lucky’s Bingo Hall, and Shamrock’s Tavern.  That search allegedly resulted in the seizure of computer-based, slot machine games. Also, according to the press release, the subsequent MSP investigation of the establishment revealed that Lucky’s Poker Room’s owners and/or agents were allegedly engaged in illegal gambling and fraudulent activities.

On November 26, 2013, the MGCB suspended all charitable poker and gaming at the location. And, as a further result of the investigation, four individuals were arraigned during the month of April 2014 on multiple felony violations of the Gaming Act.

MGCB Executive Director Rick Kalm stated that “[t]his is one more example of illegal gambling being conducted in and amongst what is purported to be charitable gaming.”  Accordingly, Attorney General Bill Schuette vowed to prosecute “anyone who is involved in illegal gambling.”



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