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Investigators seize alleged illegal gaming equipment at Belleville gas station

29 June 2023

(PRESS RELEASE) -- On Thursday, 22 June, following a joint investigation by the Michigan Department of Attorney General and Michigan Gaming Control Board, state investigators, with the assistance of the Belleville Police Department, seized an alleged illegal gambling machine from a Sunoco gas station located at 496 Main St. in Belleville.

A coin-pusher machine was confiscated after persons in charge at the Sunoco failed to comply with a cease-and-desist letter personally served on 8 March.

“Illegal gambling can lead to other, more serious, unwanted crimes that compromise the safety of our communities,” MGCB Executive Director Henry Williams said. “This investigation is a firm reminder that business owners should abide by the law and not offer illegal gaming in their establishments and, if they do, we are prepared to take action against them.”

The investigation began after the MGCB received anonymous tips from concerned Michigan citizens.

The Michigan Penal Code broadly prohibits any kind of gambling except for what is authorized by law. Potential consequences for Michigan businesses operating illegal gaming machines include criminal charges and/or monetary fines.

“I am grateful for the collaboration between my department and the Michigan Gaming Control Board in furtherance of our efforts to shutter illegal gambling operations,” said Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel. “Illegal gambling diverts taxes and revenue from our communities which is otherwise used to support our state and schools.”

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