By Amanda Emery
May 12, 2016
FLINT, MI — Two Flint residents have been charged with multiple felonies and high court misdemeanors for allegedly conducting an illegal gambling operation on Dort Highway.
David M. Slaughter, 60, and Beverly D. Davis, 41, were arraigned on May 5 in 67th District Court, according to a news release from Michigan Gaming Control Board. The illegal gambling operation was active last year at an internet cafe adjacent to the bingo hall at Ben Agree Hall, located at 3549 South Dort Highway in Flint.
Charges were filed against Slaughter and Davis after investigators from the Michigan Attorney General’s Office and the MGCB found more than 40 slot-style gaming terminals inside the bingo hall’s cafe area in 2015, according to the release. The location was allegedly being operated as an illegal slot machine parlor.
“Our investigators documented illegal gambling inside the internet cafe during multiple visits between early July and November, which led to the charges,” said MGCB Executive Director Richard Kalm in a statement. “The investigation began after two anonymous tips were received from the public, and we appreciate their help in identifying and stopping illegal gambling operations.”
The slot machine terminals were seized in November by investigators from the Attorney General’s Office, MGCB, Michigan Lottery, and Michigan State Police. The hall’s website urged bingo patrons to “come early and play the slots at the Internet Cafe,” which is open seven days a week, according to the release.
Slaughter faces 10 felony and five high court misdemeanor charges:
- Five felony counts of conducting gambling operations.
- Five felony counts of using a computer to commit a crime.
- Five high court misdemeanor counts of maintaining a gambling house for gain.
Davis was charged with six felony and three high court misdemeanor charges:
- Three felony counts of conducting gambling operations.
- Three felony counts of using a computer to commit a crime.
- Three high court misdemeanor counts of maintaining a gambling house for gain.
Bond was set for Davis and Slaughter at $5,000 for each count. Both are scheduled to be back in court May 17 for a probable cause conference before Judge Nathaniel C. Perry III.
Michigan residents are encouraged to report any suspicious or illegal gambling by calling the MGCB’s 24-hour anonymous tip line at 888-314-2682.
Original Article: MLive