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David Hoppe of East China Township was arraigned on six new felony charges in Genesee County’s 67th District Court on Tuesday. The charges stem from Hoppe allegedly supplying illegal gambling games in Flint Township between May 2017 and February 2019. These games are similar to the type that were found at a former establishment in Roseville that Hoppe was also connected to.

Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) executive director Rick Kalm made a statement saying: “Illegal gambling often is used to fund organized crime…diverting money from schools and local communities that benefit from taxes paid by regulated commercial gaming and revenue sharing from tribal casinos.”

Hoppe was charged with four 10-year felony counts of aiding and abetting an unlicensed gambling operation, one 10-to-20-year felony count of using a computer to commit a crime, and one 20-year felony count of racketeering by conducting a criminal enterprise in Flint Township and Roseville. Hoppe is scheduled for a probable cause conference July 2 and was given a $70,000 personal bond.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel also made a statement about the case: “Illegal gambling operations are not a victimless crime…when illegal gambling operations siphon money away from establishments that follow the rules, residents across the state suffer.”

Earlier this year, a Macomb County jury found Hoppe guilty of one count of running an illegal gambling operation in Roseville and was also convicted on two counts of using computers to commit a crime and a misdemeanor charge of running a gambling house for gain. He was later sentenced to a year of probation and 40 hours of community service.

Michigan residents are urged to call the MGCB’s anonymous tip line, 888-314-2682, to report illegal or suspicious gambling activity. To read the full press release, click here.

 

 

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