Michigan investigators seize gaming machines and cash in latest raids

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A joint investigation has delivered in another raid in Michigan, which has resulted in numerous gambling devices, thousands in cash and more than $180,000 in gift cards being confiscated.

This latest action saw state investigators execute two search warrants following a joint investigation by Michigan’s Department of Attorney General and Gaming Control Board.  

In total, six slot-type gaming machines, four of which were Nudgemaster machines, 11 computers, $6,306 in suspected gambling proceeds, and $182,430 in Simon giftcards were seized.

“Business owners who house illegal, unregulated gaming machines in their establishments are breaking the law, creating opportunities for increased crime in communities, and allowing unnecessary consumer risk to those who use the machines, which do not meet the stringent regulatory requirements needed to ensure fair play,” commented Henry Williams, MGCB Executive Director. 

“The public is encouraged to contact us if they see a casino-type gaming machine in a restaurant, gas station, or convenience store. We investigate every tip and work hard to protect Michigan citizens from such crime in their neighbourhoods.”

The searches, conducted at PlayStation Bar and Grill in Bridgeport Township and a residence in Goodrich, associated with the owner of the former and Universal Video, a known supplier of Nudgemaster machines, was spurred by an anonymous tip. No arrests were made.

Assistance in conducting the raids was supplied by special agents from the Department of Attorney General, along with the Bridgeport Township Police Department, the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, and the Liquor Control Commission.

“Our department works hand in hand with the Michigan Gaming Control Board in our efforts to shut down illegal gaming operations as a matter of public safety and consumer protection,” said Dana Nessel, Michigan Attorney General. 

“Illegal gambling diverts revenues from our state and schools, and these operations can pose a danger to their neighbourhoods as they typically attract other types of criminal activity.”

Furthermore, it was noted that the PlayStation Bar and Grill proprietor had previously owned a business in Grand Rapids named the Nudgemaster Café. This had received a cease-and-desist letter in October 2019.