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Michigan residents sentenced for role in illegal gambling operation

7 Dec 2022

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Two Oakland County residents and one Jackson County resident were sentenced recently in Oakland County’s 6th Circuit Court for their roles in an illegal gambling operation at the now-closed Fortune Internet Café, 3474 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford, Michigan. Charges were filed 8 June following a joint investigation by the Michigan Department of Attorney General and the Michigan Gaming Control Board.

“An unregulated gaming operation offers no controls to protect the public, often targets senior citizens and low-income areas and can bring unwanted crime to a community,” said Henry Williams, Michigan Gaming Control Board executive director. “The Michigan Gaming Control Board and Michigan Department of Attorney General work closely to investigate and eliminate gambling enterprises operating outside of Michigan law.”

Shelly Ann Leinenger, 61, of Pontiac pleaded guilty 5 October to one felony count of gambling operations and was sentenced 16 November to one day in jail with credit for one day, a $1,000 fine and $258 in fees and court costs.

Stacey Lynn Houstina, 52, of Pontiac, pleaded guilty 5 October to one misdemeanor count of gambling house – maintaining for gain and was sentenced 16 November to one day in jail with credit for one day, a $250 fine and $258 in fees and court costs.

Shannon Leigh Molina, 46, of Jackson pleaded guilty 29 June to one misdemeanor count of maintaining a gambling house for gain and was sentenced 17 August to two days in jail with credit for two days, a $500 fine and $258 in fees and court costs.

All gambling-related money and other evidence was ordered forfeited to the State of Michigan. The forfeited items included $3,022 in cash and gift cards, 32 slot-style gaming computers and two standalone slot-style gaming machines.

Judge Michael Warren presided over sentencing.

The Michigan Gaming Control Board publishes a bulletin on illegal gambling and a fact sheet on unregulated gambling machines on its website.

Anyone may report suspected illegal gambling activity in Michigan by contacting the MGCB at 1-888-314-2682 or by email at MiGamblingTip@michigan.gov.
 
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