West Bloomfield resident charged with gambling conspiracy

Farmington Hills resident still at large

By: Cari DeLamielleure-Scott | C&G Newspapers | Published March 9, 2016

 Hayward Milton Stampley

Hayward Milton Stampley

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WEST BLOOMFIELD/FARMINGTON HILLS — Charges have been filed against a former MotorCity Casino Hotel dealer and six others for allegedly conspiring to steal money from the casino during games of Texas Hold ’Em, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced Feb. 22. 

Included among those charged are 49-year-old Roxanne Dee McKinney, of Farmington Hills, and 57-year-old Hayward Milton Stampley, of West Bloomfield. 

The defendants are charged with one count of conspiracy to cheat at a gambling game — a five-year felony — one count of gambling activities — a 10-year felony — one count of conspiracy to commit larceny from a building — a four-year felony — and one count of larceny in a building — a four-year felony. 

According to a press release, charges were filed after the Michigan State Police conducted an investigation on a possible dealer/player conspiracy. The complaints filed allege that the former dealer, who is from Detroit, worked at MotorCity Casino in 2014 when he conspired with six defendants to either make payouts to them on losing bets or not collect payment on lost bets. 

The investigation showed that the defendants associated with the dealer outside of the casino before and after the alleged cheating took place.

Stampley pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in the Wayne County 36th District Court Feb. 2. He received a $10,000 personal bond and was ordered not to contact MotorCity Casino Hotel. He was slated to appear in court for a preliminary examination March 1.

Lillian Diallo, defense attorney for Stampley, did not respond for comment by press time.

McKinney is being charged as a habitual second offender and is wanted by the Michigan State Police, according to a press release. 

“What it comes down to is ensuring fair play at casinos in Michigan,” said Andrea Bitely, press secretary for the Attorney General’s Office.  

MotorCity Casino Hotel did not respond by press time. 

Anyone with information on McKinney’s whereabouts can contact the Michigan State Police at (517) 332-2521.

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