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Attorney Robs to Support Gambling Habit

12 March 2002

GAYLORD, Michigan –As reported by the Traverse City Record-Eagle: "A Gaylord attorney who robbed a Saginaw bank a week ago told FBI investigators he has a gambling problem, according to federal court documents.

"Michael Allen Kenny, 37, made several statements regarding his gambling problem to FBI Special Agents Robert Lucas and Dallas Kunkle after he was read his Miranda rights last week, according to the criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Bay City.

"…He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

"In his confession, Kenny said he had a severe gambling problem and had written a number of non-sufficient checks. Kenny also told investigators he had purchased a Daisy BB gun, which agents said looked similar to a real firearm, the day before the robbery at a Wal-Mart in Flint.

" Kenny, who was wearing a baseball cap, sports coat, khaki pants and sunglasses, ordered tellers to place large bills on the counter. He placed about $4,300, which included some marked bills, in a briefcase he was carrying.

"…Kenny was working at the Gaylord law firm, Nelson, Petruska and Hart, where he had been practicing workers compensation and Social Security law for about five years, when the robbery occurred. Kenny was an assistant prosecutor in Dickinson County in the Upper Peninsula for three years, before he moved to Gaylord…"

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