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Accused Oklahoma man used yacht to entertain politicians, investigators say

Chase Burns, of Fort Cobb, is accused in Florida of involvement in illegal gambling operation.
by Nolan Clay Published: June 12, 2013
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“Before the sham of buying Internet time, purveyors of illegal slot machines widely used the sham consideration of phone cards to entice consumers into playing their ‘sweepstakes' games on Vegas-style slot machines,” they also wrote. “In fact, as evidenced by lawfully subpoenaed bank records, Chase Burns previously distributed scores of these machines across the state of Oklahoma and elsewhere.”

Behind the Florida Internet cafes was a group called Allied Veterans of the World, which falsely claimed to be a charitable veterans organization, authorities said. More than 50 people are charged in the criminal case in Florida.

Political donations

The former Florida lieutenant governor, Jennifer Carroll, a Republican, has not been charged. She resigned after being questioned by investigators.

Chase Burns was a major political donor in both Florida and North Carolina. He donated at least $235,500 in North Carolina and more than $340,000 in Florida in the past two years, records show.

He gave $4,000 to North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory. His wife also donated $4,000 to McCrory.

After learning of the Burnses' donations to him, McCrory sent $8,000 from his campaign to a nonprofit homeless shelter in Durham, N.C.

Other politicians have acted similarly, sending to charities campaign funds equal to any donation from Chase Burns.

Chase Burns has made only a couple of donations in Oklahoma over the last few years, records show.

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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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