Monday, August 15, 2011

Controversy seems to always follow Detroit Casino Syndicator Michael Malik

Michael J. Malik, Sr.
Detroit Casino Syndicator
A glimpse at some of the controversies surrounding Detroit casino syndicator Michael J. Malik, Sr.:
  • Malik was arrested for beating 12-year-old son of his then girlfriend. (1997) Detroit News
  • Michigan Gaming (MGCB) investigators found questionable histories for Malik and several of his original gaming partners.  Those histories included tax dodging, court ordered real estate negligence claims and 40+ foreclosures. (1999) Las Vegas Review-Journal
  • Malik was denied a gaming license by the MGCB. (1999)
  • Malik failed to report a $26,500 political contribution and was fined on two counts of violating California election law. (2004)
  • In the footsteps of Jack Abramoff, Malik’s use of influence peddling, using political contributions to leverage influence with Members of Congress including former Reps. Richard Pombo and Don Young, has been scrutinized by the national media. Corruption roll call: the most corrupt Members of Congress. (Since 2005)
  • Following multiple investigations by California's Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), Malik has twice (2006 & 2009) been fined a total of $10,500 and found to have violated California's political reform laws on a total of three counts. Over the course of several election cycles, he's simply failed to report more than $52,000 in political contributions. The majority of those contributions he failed to report even after he had previously been found to be in violation and fined on two similar counts. No excuses.
  • Malik's former mistress, Heather Lufkins Robinson (she subsequently married NBA player Clifford Robinson) filed a property claim suit against Malik alleging he had purchased a home for her while he was still married and they were carrying on an affair. A judge tossed out the claim when it became clear that the former mistress had previously perjured herself to help Malik hide assets from his former wife during their divorce proceedings. (2006 Complaint)
  • A son, Cameron Anthony Malik, is born to unwed parents Michael J. Malik (age 52) and Brooke Garwood (age 28) in November 2006.
  • Malik’s partnership with the Los Coyotes Band of Indians was terminated by the tribe’s well-respected chairwoman who called Malik “the Devil and indicated he was “seducing” younger members of her tribe. (2007)
  • Malik continued to ignore California political finance disclosure laws and failed to report a $5,000 contribution to the Democratic Party. (2007)
  • Malik faces charges in a Florida Federal District Court brought by a court appointed Receiver alleging Malik’s involvement in a ponzi scheme and $2.1 million fraudulent transfer. (2008)
  • Malik was found guilty by an Arizona court of illegally discharging a firearm. He was ordered to do community service and fined almost $15,000. His hunting licenses in Arizona and Michigan were revoked. (2008)
  • Malik defaulted on a $1 million personal line of credit with Fifth Third Bank; was delinquent on property taxes and had real estate in foreclosure. (2008 & 2009)
  • Miami Beach Police were called to break up a party at a lavish $7.9 million estate being rented by Michael J. Malik, Sr., as a vacation home. Police reports and subsequent investigations (Case #10-24620) indicate police found substances onsite and that cocaine and other drugs were present and being used during a five-day party marathon. (2010)
  • On January 21, 2010, Michael Malik marries Brooke Garwood, the mother of his 3-year-old son Cameron, in a Las Vegas wedding ceremony costing upward of $300,000.  Six weeks later, Malik files for annulment/divorce. She counter-sues. In documents filed early in the divorce proceedings both parties allege drug and alcohol abuse; fast-living and sexual debauchery; emotional abuse; questionable parenting skills; numerous infidelities prior to and during the short-lived marriage; influence peddling; buying witnesses and more. As the divorce proceeds, Malik asks the Court to restrict further public access to the Court documents and divorce details.
  • Wayne County Treasurer issues a Certificate of Forfeiture over a $4.25 million lake front residential property owned by Malik because he has failed to pay thousands in back property taxes. (2010)
  • New York political candidates for State Senate and U.S. House of Representatives come under attack for accepting campaign contributions from tainted casino syndicator Michael J. Malik, Sr., and decide to return his contributions in order to quiet the controversy. (2010)
  • Questions arise over more than $15,000 in campaign contributions Malik gave to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo who is expected to make decisions that will impact Malik's ability to develop a casino and entertainment complex at the Belmont Park & Race Track on Long Island. Cuomo Rejects Campaign Contributions from Michael Malik.
  • After Malik & Gateway Casino Resorts investors dumped perhaps as much as $40 million into process that gained Shinnecock Indian Nation Federal Recognition and put them on the path toward casino development, tribe still votes down go-forward contract with Malik because, as was reported, majority don't trust and are suspcicious of Malik.

Mike Malik is Mrs. Marian Ilitch's casino gaming partner. Malik, however, has failed to ever obtain a license to operate, be employed by or be affiliated with a licensed gambling facility.  Ilitch owns Detroit's MotorCity Casino and is involved in other gaming development activities.  Along with her husband, Michael Ilitch, they control Ilitch Holdings, Inc., parent of such brands as Little Caesars Pizza, Detroit Tigers MLB franchise, Detroit Red Wings NHL franchise and dozens more.

Wikipedia: Michael J. Malik, Sr.

originally posted 8.07.08
updated and reposted 08.13.08

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