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Flint residents pay $1,000 each in fines, costs in illegal gambling case at Ben Agree Hall

Detroit, March 7, 2017 - A Flint resident was sentenced Feb. 27 to $1,000 in fines and court costs in 7th Circuit Court following his conviction on felony gambling charges. David M. Slaughter, 61, was convicted of conducting an illegal gambling operation in 2015 at an internet café adjacent to the bingo hall at Ben Agree Hall, 3549 S. Dort Highway, Flint.

Slaughter was charged after investigators from the Attorney General’s Office and the Michigan Gaming Control Board found more than 40 terminals used to play slot-style games inside the bingo hall’s café area in 2015. The internet café operated as an illegal slot parlor.

Circuit Court Judge Archie Hayman also sentenced Slaughter’s colleagues Beverly D. Davis, 42, of Flint, and Rachel Lawson, 41, of Flint, on Feb. 27 to pay $1,000 each in fines and court costs following their convictions. Both were convicted on a misdemeanor charge of maintaining a gambling house for gain.

“Anonymous tips to the MGCB led to the convictions against these individuals,” said Richard Kalm, executive director, MGCB.  “Our thanks go to the citizens who helped us stop an illegal gambling operation.”

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

"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."