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Illegal Gambling: Michigan Man Arrested for Crimes

A man from Michigan was convicted earlier this year for running an illegal gambling operation. The man, David Hoppe, is now facing new felony charges in Genesee County, according to the Times Herald.

The prosecution is charging Hoppe with four counts of aiding and abetting an unlicensed gambling operation, using computers to commit a crime and racketeering by conducting a criminal enterprise. He faces decades in jail.

Illegal Michigan Gambling Operation Goes Under

According to court reports, Hoppe supplied illegal gambling games to Spin City, a Michigan casino between May 2017 and February 2019.

Some may ask: What’s so bad about underground gambling? Well, it basically messes with the economy and well-being of residents in the area.

“Illegal gambling often is used to fund organized crime,” Michigan Gaming Control Board Executive Director Rick Kalm told the Times Herald. “It also diverts money from schools and local communities that benefit from taxes paid by regulated commercial gaming and revenue sharing from tribal casinos.”

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Catie Housman