Gambling Control Board
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2012 - Lake City Area Organizations.
January 23, 2012 -
COUNTERFEIT BILL ALERT
The second incident occurred in December 2011 at the West St. Paul Bingo Palace. Three $100 bills were used and shared the same serial #DB10721005B. They were originally $5 bills that were washed to look like $100. The Lincoln watermark and $5 security strip were present in the bill paper. It was turned over to local law enforcement.
Organizations should alert their sellers to take precautions and scrutinize currency to ensure only valid bills are accepted. Using only a pen is not enough. Click here for further information on how to detect counterfeit bills.
If you receive a counterfeit bill:
December 7, 2011 - The following game remnants were recently stolen from a car in the St. Paul area. Please be vigilant in conducting your games.
Organizations and pull-tab sellers should be on the lookout for anyone trying to redeem tickets from these games. Sellers should always ensure the serial numbers on winning tickets match that of the game in play.
Get a description of any suspects, and the make, model and license number of any vehicle they are driving. Call 911 or your local police department with any information.
GAME NAME and SERIAL NUMBER
Beer Season . . . . . 1501010
Big Mac 7’s . . . . . . .J170895
Booze and Brews . J512773
Kiss for Luck . . . . . .H483394
Oil Tycoon . . . . . . . H483400
Out of the Park . . . .9991569
Troll N Time . . . . . 9992202
Rippie . . . . . . . . . . .H524097
August 4, 2011 - A distributor has informed us that four games were stolen from their vehicle in the city of Loretto, Hennepin County on July 21, 2011.
Game Part Number Serial Number
Ice Queen HU42-MN H606072
Wok & Roll NA38-MN J590886
Bananas 31234-MN H981845
Bananas 31234-MN H981866
Organizations and pull-tab sellers should be on
the lookout for anyone trying to redeem tickets from these games.
Get a description of any
suspects, and the make, model and license number of any vehicle they
are driving. Call 911 or
your local police department with any information.
June 10, 2011 -
Minnesota Department of Public Safety
[Gambling Enforcement Division]
and the Redwood County Sheriff’s Office have asked organizations and their
employees to be on alert for any persons passing counterfeit $20 bills.
Organizations are advised to check their funds to determine whether they are in possession of any counterfeit bills. Plus, organizations and their employees should review their procedures to ensure counterfeit bills are not accepted.
Please contact Bill White, Gambling Enforcement Division (651.207.7530) or Rick Wakefield, Redwood County Sheriff’s Office (507.637.4036) with any information if you find that your organization has accepted these counterfeit bills.
May 24, 2011 - A distributor has informed us that counterfeit bills are being passed in the Mankato area. Organizations should alert their sellers to take precautions and scrutinize currency to ensure only valid bills are accepted.
December 22, 2010 - American Legion and VFW Posts targeted.
For more information regarding counterfeit bills, click here.
November 29, 2010 - Alert on increased burglaries.
The Board received information regarding break-ins and burglaries that occurred during the past weekend. Based on past experience, it has been noted that these incidences increase in times of economic difficulty and especially during a holiday season.
Recent activity was
reported in Pelican Rapids, Fisher,
Dawson, Browerville, and Long Prairie, Minnesota.
Locking up receipts and start-up banks in a safe saved one organization from
losses. Another organization had the paper work for the games stored
in a separate location from the money, so they were able to determine the
amount of the loss. Another organization was not so fortunate, as the
game records were stored with the money that was taken, and as a result the
organization will have to report the games at ideal profit.
If you have a loss, contact local law enforcement and your compliance specialist immediately
The Board has historically approved fund loss adjustments for organizations that secured funds using a safe. However, the Board has denied adjustments when an organization taped the combination to the safe or hung a key for the safe in close proximity to the safe. Also, hiding funds within a locked room or keeping funds overnight locked in a drawer that is easily pried open have been considered inadequate safeguards by the Board.
Fund losses must be reported to the Board within 60 days of the loss.
August 31, 2010 - Monticello/Wright County area
The Board has received information that there are $20 and $100 counterfeit bills circulating in the area. One organization reported that a $20 bill they accepted was only detectable as a counterfeit bill under a black light. Be sure to advise your gambling employees to look for distinctive watermarks on the bill. A fake bill will not have the small security strip inside, as modern bills do.
If a bill looks suspicious or is a counterfeit bill, contact the Wright County sheriff's Office, investigations unit, at 763-682-7630 or your local law enforcement officials. Be sure to try to get the name from the identification being used to redeem the prize, a description of the suspect(s), and make, model and license number of any vehicle the suspects leave in, and immediately contact local law enforcement with this information.
The Board has received information that a person is trying to cash in winning tickets from a Crazy 8's game, serial number 7194653, at sites where Crazy 8's games are being played. Organizations should advise their pull-tab sellers to double check all winners from those games to verify the serial number and that the tickets have not been tampered with.
July 27, 2010 - Tickets stolen.
Between July 21
and 22, 2010, The Black Dog Bar & Grill in Lake Perry Township
was burglarized. The Black Dog Bar & Grill is a gambling site for the Crosby
Fire Relief Association.
- Bananas Form #AN 38321-MN Serial #B793056
- Reel Big Fish Form #AG RFV500A Serial #9935842
Organizations should be on the lookout for anyone trying to redeem any tickets from these two deals at their sites. If someone does, please try to get the name from the identification being used to redeem the prize, a description of the suspect(s), and make, model and license number of any vehicle the suspects leave in, and immediately contact local law enforcement with this information.
January 4, 2010
- Games stolen from device.
Please be on the lookout for anyone attempting to redeem winning tickets from these deals at your sites. If they do attempt to redeem winning tickets, notify your local police immediately with the name and/or description of the suspect(s) and description and license number of any vehicles they are driving.
December 17, 2009 - Games missing.
We have a report of games missing several weeks ago when they were delivered by a delivery service to the wrong location and no one was there. The pull-tabs were ordered by the Halstad Firemen’s Benefit Association, Halstad, Minnesota.
Game Name Form Number Serial Number
I Wish IG-1057AS 3170491
Deer Tracks IG-1058AS 3170486
Grin & Bear It AN-38112-MN B785294
Mini Criss Cross AN-39141-MN C141612, C141615, C141651
Be on the lookout for anyone trying to redeem winning tickets from these games at your sites. If they do, please note the name or the description of the person redeeming the tickets and/or the license number and description of any vehicle they are driving. Contact your local law enforcement department immediately.
December 10, 2009 - Games stolen.
We have a report of pull-tab games stolen from the Buckhorn Bar in McGregor, Minnesota by unknown suspects.
Please be on the lookout for anyone attempting to redeem winning tickets from these deals at your sites. If they do attempt to redeem winning tickets notify your local police immediately with the name and/or description of the suspect(s) and description and license number of any vehicles they are driving.
July 29, 2009 - Pull-tab deal stolen.
We have a report of a possible Pull-Tab Deal stolen from a delivery vehicle in the Minneapolis area. Be on the lookout for anyone attempting to redeem pull-tabs from the Luv the Lakz game, Form # IG1023AS, Serial Number #3065895.
If you see pull-tabs from this game, please contact your local police department immediately.
June 23, 2009 - Counterfeit bills appearing in Twin Cities...again.
Be on the alert...whether your organization is located in the Metro area or Greater Minnesota!
Counterfeit $20 and $100 bills were recently detected at a gambling premises in Minneapolis. The bills are lower denomination bills that were bleached and then reprinted in $20 and $100 denominations. The counterfeits are on government paper so the pens used to detect fakes will not work. The only giveaway is the magnetic strip in the paper. Alert your pull-tab sellers to carefully check all $20, $50, and $100 bills they receive by holding the bills up to a light and verifying the denomination on the strip.
From the US Secret Service web site - If you receive a counterfeit bill:
March 23, 2009 - Duluth area
Winning tickets--from an unopened Crazy 8's game that were supposedly destroyed in a fire three years ago--were redeemed at sites playing Crazy 8's games during the weekend of March 13 and 14, 2009, in Duluth. Please remind all employees to check serial numbers against games in play before paying out prizes.
If someone tries to pass these tickets, have your employee take the ticket as if they were going to redeem it and have the person fill out a prize receipt if applicable. Have the employee then keep both the ticket and the prize receipt.
The game in question was Crazy 8's, manufacturer IG, part number 821B, serial number 7194653. If any organization has taken in any of these tickets please contact Investigator Michael Adelson at 218-729-1411.
The following is a list of other unopened games supposedly destroyed in the fire. Please make your employees are aware of these as well as the suspects may also try to redeem the winners from these games.
Manufacturer Part Number Serial Number Name
AN 31637 2541373 Grin and Bear It
AN 31941 1996120 Mumbo Jumbo
AN 31941 3996087 Mumbo Jumbo
IG 821B 7194651 Crazy 8's
IG 9676 6273942 Barnyard Invasion
February 27, 2009 - Pull-tab tickets stolen.
A licensed organization in the metro area reported that pull-tab tickets were stolen from a popular game at their site. The loss was reported to local law enforcement officials.
Organizations in the metro area should be aware that someone may try to improperly redeem tickets from this game:
Please advise your pull-tab sellers to be on the look out for these tickets, and contact your local law enforcement if someone tries to redeem them.
February 17, 2009 - Bowling alleys targeted.
Bowling alleys, in and around the
metro area, have been the target of a string of recent
burglaries. Sites in St. Paul Park, Andover, and Ham Lake were hit. Organizations are
advised to take extra precautions in securing their lawful gambling
operations and funds. DO NOT lock funds in drawers. Secure your funds in a safe or deposit them daily.
October 27, 2008 - Illegal sports boards and video machines.
An increase has been noted recently in illegal sports boards and video machines. Organizations and lessors are being approached by vendors (not licensed distributors) to purchase sports boards and video machines, stating that "This is legal in all 50 states."
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