The Raid of Flint Arcade Uncovers Illicit Gaming Operation
Posted on: August 30, 2023, 08:36h.
Last updated on: August 30, 2023, 08:36h.
Last week, officials in Flint, Michigan conducted a raid on an illegal gaming operation, resulting in the confiscation of gaming equipment and cash.
Last Wednesday, investigators seized 48 computers and two gaming machines from the “Flint Arcade” storefront. They also confiscated $13,260 in cash.
The search was authorized by the Michigan Attorney General’s office and the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB), in cooperation with the Michigan State Police, Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, and Flint Police Department.
“Storefront casinos and illegal gambling pose significant risks to communities, both socially and economically,” stated MGCB Executive Director Henry Williams.
Since they can often attract criminal activity and draw customers away from legitimate businesses that positively contribute to the local economy, it is essential that these types of operations get shut down to prevent customers from falling prey to fraudulent schemes and protect them from potential harm.”
This is not the first raid conducted at the location. Over a year ago, on August 18, 2022, authorities raided the site known as the “Cellular Vault,” resulting in the seizure of 43 computers and $2,572.48 in cash.
The previous gambling business was closed down after the 2022 raid, but it was later discovered that the Flint Arcade took its place, engaging in illicit gambling activities with slot-style games.
In August of the previous year, the MGCB also raided another operation called the “Cellular Bank,” seizing 11 standalone slot machines, 13 computers, and approximately $7,500 in cash. Business records were also collected from the Cellular Bank and the Vault.
Players at the Cellular Bank were provided with a card and PIN to place online bets from offsite locations.
In another incident on April 27, 2022, state investigators discovered 100 devices, $29,200 in cash, and numerous gift cards at alleged gambling venues in Michigan, known as the State Road Spot and the Bristol Spot.
Charges, Fines Possible
The recent operators of these illegal gambling operations may face criminal charges and/or fines. The MGCB is committed to working with communities to remove gambling machines from illegal storefronts, gas stations, and convenience stores. Residents are encouraged to report any suspicious activities to the MGCB.