Investigators seize cash and gaming machines in latest Michigan raid

The latest joint investigation charged with tackling illegal gambling enterprises in Michigan has resulted in another seizure of cash and gaming machines in the city of Flint.

Following the execution of a search warrant at a site that was also targeted in August 2022, authorities confiscated 48 computers used to play slot-style games and two gaming machines allegedly used for illegal gambling, plus $13,260 in suspected proceeds.

The joint raid was carried out by the MGCB and Michigan Department of Attorney General, with assistance provided by 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 Henry Williams, MGCB Executive Director. 

“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 same location was targeted by the state’s Attorney General’s office on August 18, 2022, which resulted in 43 computers used for gambling and $2,572.48 in winnings and gambling proceeds being seized, and the business, known as The Vault, being shut down.

However, the regulator noted that it had received anonymous tips from concerned citizens that a storefront casino had reopened at the same location under a new business name of The Flint Arcade, where customers were offered opportunities to play on slot-style gaming machines. 

“The MGCB is committed to working with the proper authorities to create a safer and more transparent gaming environment for Michigan citizens,” Williams added.

“The agency is dedicated to helping communities statewide remove gaming machines used for gambling from storefront operations, gas stations, and convenience stores, and we encourage residents to call us with tips.”