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Local man fined for charitable poker gambling crime

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A Mid-Michigan man has pleaded guilty to violating Michigan's charitable gaming law.

43-year-old Chad Logan of Fenton was fined $1,000 and $425 in court costs and fees. Logan was charged following a Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) investigation. Investigators say the gambling crime was related to charitable poker events in 2012 and 2013 at Pocket Aces Poker Room inside Foutch's Pub, 1477 S. Linden, Flint Township. By agreeing to plead guilty to one count of gambling-charitable gaming-receiving commission, four other counts were dismissed.

Logan pled guilty May 7 in 67th District Court, Flushing.

"We've seen a pattern of corruption that resulted in the permanent closure of three so-called poker rooms in the Flint area," said Richard Kalm, MGCB executive director. "The MGCB has pursued charges against several Flint area individuals who victimized charities or operated illegal gaming. Many individuals were profiting illegally from charitable fundraisers, and the MGCB is pursuing several other investigations of possible criminal violations with the Michigan Attorney General's office."

The MGCB and Michigan Attorney General's office investigated Logan for illegally diverting and pocketing funds that belonged to charities while managing or operating millionaire parties at Pocket Aces Poker room in 2012 and 2013.

The MGCB suspended charitable gaming at Pocket Aces Poker Room in October 2013.

Late last year, Shamrock's Internet Café owner Thomas Joubran of Burton and three associates pled guilty to gaming crimes, and millionaire parties were suspended in 2013 at Lucky's Poker Room adjacent to the Genesee Township internet cafe. Joubran was listed as Lucky's millionaire party booking contact.Charitable gaming also was suspended at Gloria's Poker Room, Burton, in 2013 for illegal pay-to-play and kickback schemes following an MGCB investigation.

The three Flint area "poker rooms" -- Pocket Aces, Lucky's and Gloria's ? are among 23 Michigan locations where charitable gaming has been permanently suspended since 2010.

"State gaming laws protect charities and the public, and the MGCB has worked hard to bring charitable gaming practices within the limits of the law," Kalm said.

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