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Roseville police find illegal gambling at tanning salon

Tom Greenwood
The Detroit News

Roseville — The bake was fake but the arrest was real.

The owner of a tanning salon has pleaded guilty to maintaining a gambling establishment after police found 43 video gambling computers at his place of business.

Ammar Victor Kattoula admitted in 39th District Court that he operated an illegal gambling cafe out of the Island Vibe Tanning salon, located at 30045 Utica Road.

“They weren’t the old traditional one-armed bandit type of machines,” said Chief James Berlin.

“The gambling programs were all on computers that were set right up in the middle of his business. He didn’t try to hide it at all.”

According to Berlin, Kattoula has done this before.

“We haven’t had any previous contact with him, but it’s our understanding that he’s tried this other places.”

Police were tipped off to the operation by the Michigan Gaming Control Board.

“Our agency works hand in hand with state and local police agencies and the Attorney General’s Office to find and eliminate unlicensed gambling operations and the unwanted crime that accompanies them,” said MGCB Executive Director Richard Kalm.

Roseville police seized the slots after executing a search warrant on the salon on Dec. 18. Kattoula was arraigned Jan. 15 and charged with a 90-day misdemeanor.

He was released after posting bond.

tgreenwood@detroitnews.com

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