MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — A business owner faces up to a decade in prison for setting up an illegal gambling operation at his Muskegon internet café.
An Ingham County jury last week found 49-year-old James Scott Postema guilty of conducting an unlicensed and illegal gambling operation at Triple Cherries Internet Café LLC, located at 1930 Apple Ave.
The Michigan Gaming Control Board says authorities raided Postema’s business and Muskegon home in August 2016, taking money, bank and credit union account information, money orders and computer equipment tied to the illegal operation.
Postema was also convicted of a felony count of using computers to commit a crime, which is punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison. As part of his punishment, Postema is barred from obtaining a gaming license.
The Muskegon man could also be fined up to $100,000 when he’s sentenced on Nov. 7 by Judge Rosemarie Aquilina.