LANSING—Michigan Attorney General Bill Shcuette announced today criminal charges against two men who allegedy served as ringleaders in a large illegal video poker operation, based in Flint bars. The charges come after an extensive investigation by Michigan State Police, Michigan Gaming Control Board and the Attorney General's Office, which previously resulted in criminal charges against 35 others for their involvement in illegal gambling operations.
"No part of Michigan will recover until lawlessness is replaced with respect for the rule of law," said Schuette. "Only by bringing crime under control in Flint can the community begin to thrive. Public safety is my number one priority."
Michael Kremski, one of the men facing charges, allegedly expanded the operations of his vending machine company, Advanced Coin, in 2007, to include operation illegal video poker machines in Flint bars. Kremski allegedly also instructed bar owners on how to run an illegal gambling operation. Kremski allegedly told owners to only pay winnings to patrons the owner was familiar with, in an effort to avoid raising suspicions.
Kremski also allegedly assisted bar owners with cash prizes, by providing bags of money for large jackpots. His employee, Robery Murray, allegedely played a role that involved him traveling bar to bar, collecting cash from machines and splitting cash 50/50 with bar owners. Several bar owners have already pleaded guilt for their roles in the operation, and have agreed to testify against the two men identified in this case.
Michael Paul Kremski, 55, of Grand Blanc, and Robert Allen Murray, 54, of Flint, were each charged with the following: one count of Conducting Criminal Enterprises (Racketeering), a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $100,000 fine; and 14 counts of Conducting Illegal Gambling Operations, a felony punishable by up to ten years in prison and a $100,000 fine.
Arrangements are being made for the defendants to turn themselves in to authorities, and they are expected to be arraigned in 67th District Court in Flint this week.
Michigan citizens are encouraged to report any suspicious or illegal gambling to the Michigan Gaming Control Board by calling their 24-hour anonymous tip line, 888-314-2682.