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Former school board member will repay $40,000

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A former Mid-Michigan school board member will pay thousands in restitution for stealing money from area charity poker fundraisers.

The Michigan gaming Control Board (MGCB) reports that Michael McCollum, 52, a former Bentley School board member, will repay $40,000 after pleading guilty to multiple counts of taking money from Flint area charities’ poker fundraisers.

McCollum, of Burton, operated the events at the former Gloria’s Poker Palace in Burton.

He admitted taking proceeds from the events affiliated with two Catholic churches, Blessed Sacrament and St. Francis Xavier, between 2010 and 2013 according to the MGCB.

“When the charitable gaming money was stolen, the charities had fewer resources for good works, which hurt the community,” said Richard Kalm, executive director, MGCB. “We are pleased the charities will receive restitution. The MGCB enforces gaming regulations to protect charities and help them avoid becoming victims of crime. We have seen fewer problems since introducing charitable gaming rules in 2014.”

Investigators say McCollum spent charitable gaming proceeds on a time-share property in Mexico and vacations. He was accused of skimming profits from more than 130 licensed charity events.

McCollum will be sentenced on Sept. 8.

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