Michigan Attorney General Charges Four Individuals for Illegal Gambling in Genesee Township
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 29, 2014
Location: Cadillace Place, 3062 W. Grand Blvd, L-700, Detroit
Contact: Information Officer (313) 456-4178
FLINT- The Michigan State Police Gaming Unit, in conjunction with the Michigan Attorney General’s office with the assistance of the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB), have charged four individuals with various felonies as a result of an investigation into an illegal gambling operation at the Shamrock Internet Café in Genesee Township.
Shamrock Café Inc., Lucky's Poker Room, Lucky’s Bingo Hall, and Shamrock’s Tavern all operate out of the same location at 6340 N. Genesee Road, Flint, Michigan.
On November 18, 2013, investigators from MSP executed a search warrant at the location, which resulted in the seizure of computer-based, slot machine-style games.
The MSP investigation determined alleged illegal gambling and fraudulent activities were taking place which involved the owners and/or agents of Lucky’s Poker Room. Based on that information, MGCB Director, Rick Kalm suspended all charitable poker and gaming at the poker room on November 26, 2013.
The following individuals have been charged with multiple felony violations of the Michigan Gaming Control and Revenue Act:
Thomas Joubran, 32, of Burton
Rafael Vasquez, 32, of Flushing
Arraigned April 3, 2014, in 67th District Court, Flint.
Rebecca Lotter, 29, of Flint
Ariel Stiers, 21, of Burton
Arraigned April 22 & 23, 2014 in 67th District Court, Flint.
According to MGCB Executive Director Rick Kalm, “This is one more example of illegal gambling being conducted in and amongst what is purported to be charitable gaming.” “We encourage charities managing events to monitor and report illegal gambling activities. The new proposed rules will hopefully increase charitable organizations’ involvement and raise awareness of their exposure when locations break the law.”
Michigan’s Penal Code and the Michigan Gaming Control and Revenue Act strictly prohibit unregulated gambling. The only gambling authorized under state law includes pari-mutuel horse racing, bingo, the state-sponsored lottery, charity “millionaire parties,” and casino gambling operated by individuals licensed under the Michigan Gaming Control and Revenue Act.
“Make no mistake, anyone who is involved in illegal gambling will face legal consequences for undermining public safety,” said Schuette. “I would like to thank the Michigan State Police Gaming Unit (MSP) and the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) for their assistance in this investigation.”
Section 18(1)(a) of the Michigan Gaming Control and Revenue Act (the Gaming Act), MCL 432.218(1)(a), prohibits a party from conducting a gambling operation without a license issued by the Michigan Gaming Control Board. A party who operates an unlicensed gambling operation is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for up to 10 years or a fine of up to $100,000.00, or both.
Michigan citizens are encouraged to report any suspicious or illegal gambling to the Michigan Gaming Control Board by calling their 24-hour anonymous tip line at 888-314-2682. To contact the Attorney General’s Alcohol & Gambling Enforcement Division, please call 517-241-0210.
"The Michigan Gaming Control Board shall ensure the conduct of fair and honest gaming to protect the interests of the citizens of the State of Michigan."