Gambling Enforcement conducts criminal and gaming license background investigations, which annually includes approximately 20,500 individual and corporate background checks and 5,100 fingerprint card submissions on casino employees. Gambling Enforcement also monitors the 18 tribal casinos in the state for compliance with the State-Tribal compacts.
In 2010, gambling agents conducted 281 gambling related investigations involving lawful and illegal gambling complaints, 14 background investigations of manufacturers/distributors of gambling equipment/devices, and received 25,000 lottery/sweepstakes fraud complaints with reported losses of $4.1 million. In working these fraud scams, 9,117 phone numbers and email addresses used by scammers were investigated for termination/shutdown. Gambling agents intercepted and returned approximately $191,500 back to victims of lottery fraud scams.
Licensing of manufacturers and distributors of gambling — AGED conducts background investigations of applicants for licenses to distribute or manufacture gambling devices. AGED currently licenses 24 gambling device manufacturer and distributors. AGED also performs gaming license and vendor investigations for the Minnesota Racing Commission, Minnesota State Lottery and Minnesota Gambling Control Board.
Gambling criminal enforcement and investigation — AGED is the primary state law enforcement agency to investigate crimes and violations relating to legal and unlawful forms of gambling. AGED special agents use surveillance, game audits, counterfeit and forgery detection to identify violations of state gambling laws. Special agents prepare and submit investigations to county attorneys for criminal charges against individual violators and/or seek regulatory sanctions for violations involving state licensees.
Assure compliance with state tribal compacts — AGED is responsible for ensuring compliance of the tribal compact agreements. AGED employees monitor and inspect tribal facility gaming operations and evaluate security systems. AGED conducts background investigations of tribal employee and management officials, and responds to player complaints about various machines or games; however, AGED is not empowered to settle disputes with the casinos.