Genesee County Trio Charged in Illegal Gambling Operation

FLINT, MI – Three people have been arraigned on several felony gaming-related charges for their roles in an illegal gambling operation – Spin City on Miller Road in Flint. The penalties for these crimes carry up to 20 years in prison.Spin City Flint

The charges are as follows:

  • Marjorie Brown, 50, of Flint, is charged with one felony count of Gambling Operation – Felony Violation, two counts of Using a Computer to Commit a Crime, and one high court misdemeanor for Maintaining a Gambling House or Room.
  • Kara Shilling, 35, of Flint, is charged with one felony count of Conducting a Criminal Enterprise, one felony count of Conspiracy of a Criminal Enterprise, one felony count of Gambling Operation – Felony Operation, two felony counts of Using a Computer to Commit a Crime, and one high court misdemeanor for Maintaining a Gambling House or Room.
  • Anthony Sutton, 50, of Wilmington, North Carolina, is charged with one felony count of Conducting a Criminal Enterprise, one felony count of Conspiracy of a Criminal Enterprise, one felony count of Gambling Operation – Felony Violation, two felony counts of Using a Computer to Commit a Crime, and one high court misdemeanor for Maintaining a Gambling House or Room. He came back to Michigan to face his charges.

The alleged scheme occurred between July 2018 and February 2019. Despite being issued a cease-and-desist order from the Michigan Attorney General’s Office earlier this year, the trio continued to operate the illegal gambling business that offered nearly 30 slot-style gaming stations.

“Gambling is a highly regulated industry in our state and those who seek to fly under the radar with illegal gambling operations will consistently be held accountable,” Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said. “These operations not only bring crime to a community, they deprive our schools of the dollars they so desperately need to help provide our students with an adequate education – and that’s the last thing the people of Flint need or deserve.”

“Our citizens don’t want illegal gambling operations in their neighborhoods,” said Richard S. Kalm, executive director, Michigan Gaming Control Board. “The Gaming Control Board works with the Michigan Attorney General’s office and state and local law enforcement agencies to protect state residents from criminal gambling enterprises.”

Brown was released on a $20,000 personal recognizance bond, Shilling was released on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond and Sutton was released on a $100,000 personal recognizance bond, respectively. A preliminary exam is scheduled for Friday, July 5, before Ingham County 54A District Court Judge Hugh Clarke Jr.

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