The Michigan Court has sentenced Todd West, aged 56, from Burton, to 30 days on a tether and two years probation for appropriating several thousand dollars from charity poker proceeds.
The defendant plead guilty of larceny by false pretences of $1,000 to $20,000. As a result, he is going to pay $12,000 back to the beneficiaries he robbed, namely Blessed Sacrament Church, the Knights of Columbus Council and the Kearsley Hockey Boosters. The refund is ordered to take place within six months.
According to prosecutors, West abused his authority while he was in charge of arranging and operating charity gaming events at Gloria’s Poker Palace. During his tenure at the casino, West is believed to have skimmed off charity poker proceeds that were meant to support communities.
Three casino establishments in Michigan are under investigation for unfair practices. These are Gloria’s Poker Palace, Lucky’s and Pocket Aces. According to the Attorney General’s office, 14 individuals related to these venues have admitted being involved in gaming abuses for the past three years.