A 54-year-old Lansing woman was sentenced July 25 in Ingham County Circuit Court to seven months in the Ingham County Jail, 18 months of probation and a $35,000 fine for conducting an illegal gambling operation in Lansing. Four former employees each will serve a day in jail for related misdemeanor illegal gambling offenses.

Business owner Li Deng pled guilty in June to a felony for conducting a gambling operation inside a vacant store at the Logan Square shopping center located at 3222 South Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., in Lansing. Deng earlier agreed to forfeit $67,754 and equipment used for gambling and will pay more than $4,000 in fines and fees. Charges were filed against Deng and four employees in October 2017 following an investigation of the illegal operation by the Michigan Attorney General’s office, Michigan State Police Gaming Section and the Michigan Gaming Control Board.

Investigators visited the business multiple times last year and verified allegations of patrons wagering on slot-style games inside the location. In July 2017, approximately 60 gaming terminals were seized when a search warrant was executed at the location. In addition, investigators seized seven so-called “fish” gaming stations, which allow multiple patrons to gamble at the same time.

“We encourage the public to report possible illegal activity to police authorities or the Gaming Control Board to help us identify and eliminate the dangers associated with unregulated and illegal gaming activities,” said Richard Kalm, executive director, Michigan Gaming Control Board in a press release dated July 31.

Michigan citizens are encouraged to report any suspicious or illegal gambling by calling the MGCB’s 24-hour anonymous tip line, 888-314-2682.


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