LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered the creation of a criminal investigations unit within the board that regulates casino gambling.
Snyder's office says he issued an executive order Thursday creating the unit in the state Gaming Control Board.
In a statement, Snyder says having a division "with expanded access to state and federal criminal justice information" helps the gambling board do its job better.
Snyder says the Criminal Investigations Subunit will handle "any criminal activity relating to any matter under the jurisdiction" of the board, which regulates Detroit's three casinos.
It will conduct fingerprint-based background checks for applicants seeking licenses to work in the gambling industry, investigate claims of unlawful gambling, and share and review records and information with other criminal justice agencies.