Michigan Attorney General Shuts Down Illegal Online Gambling Operation
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, in collaboration with the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB), has successfully shut down an illegal online gambling operation in the state. The operation, run by Massachusetts-based Golden Hearts Games, Inc., was found to be offering online gambling games to Michigan residents without the necessary licensure.
The investigation into Golden Hearts Games began in August 2021 when state gaming regulators discovered that the company was engaging in illegal gaming activities without holding a license in Michigan. In response, the Department of Attorney General issued a cease-and-desist letter to Golden Hearts, notifying them of their unlawful operations. Despite the warning, the company continued to offer its gaming products to Michigan consumers.
As a result, the Department of Attorney General notified Golden Hearts under the Michigan Consumer Protection Act of their intent to file a legal action. Faced with the threat of a lawsuit, Golden Hearts agreed to halt its activities and signed an Assurance of Discontinuance, pledging to no longer offer its games in Michigan. The Assurance of Discontinuance was filed on September 1, 2023, in the Ingham County Circuit Court.
The complaint raised against Golden Hearts Games also alleged that the company violated the Michigan Consumer Protection Act by deceiving Michigan residents into believing that their participation in the online gambling games was legal.
This successful shutdown of the illegal gambling operation demonstrates the commitment of Michigan’s Attorney General’s Office and the MGCB to enforcing the state’s gaming laws and protecting Michigan consumers. By taking swift action and working together, they have effectively put an end to the illegal activities of Golden Hearts Games in the state.
It is worth noting that online gambling is regulated in Michigan, and any company seeking to offer such services must obtain the necessary licensure. This ensures that consumers are protected and that the operations are conducted in a fair and responsible manner.
Moving forward, the Attorney General’s Office and the MGCB will continue to monitor and take action against any illegal online gambling operators in the state. The assurance from this successful shutdown sends a clear message that the state of Michigan is committed to upholding its gaming laws and safeguarding its residents from illegal gambling activities.
With the illegal online gambling operation now shut down, Michigan residents can have confidence that they can engage in online gaming activities through licensed operators without the risk of falling victim to illegal operations.
This news serves as a reminder to all online gambling operators to ensure that they comply with the law and obtain the necessary licensure before offering their services to Michigan consumers. Failure to do so will result in severe legal consequences.
Michigan’s Attorney General’s Office will remain vigilant in its efforts to protect consumers and maintain the integrity of the state’s gaming industry.