5 Lansing women plead guilty in illegal gambling sting

Posted at 1:41 AM, Jun 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-10 01:41:12-04

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Five Lansing women have pleaded guilty to operating an illegal storefront gambling operation.

The Lansing State Journal reports that the Logan Square shopping center site had a sign that read “Max $10 Family Fashions” and appeared to be vacant.

Li Deng is the 54-year-old owner of the business. She pleaded guilty to conducting a gambling operation, a felony. She faces 10 years in prison and a $100,000 fine. The attorney general’s office says she has already agreed to forfeit $68,000 and gambling equipment.

The other four women were initially charged with felonies but ultimately pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges.

Investigators say they responded to anonymous tips and searched the site in July 2017. They say they found 60 gambling machines and seized seven stations for the multiplayer arcade “fish game.”