An illegal gambling defendant has agreed to forfeit almost $2 million in cash and property to the federal government as part of a plea agreement.
Adlai Stevenson Brinkley is accused of putting illegal slot machines in bars, lodges and veterans’ posts across Oklahoma and in Kansas.
“For the past 22 years, Adlai Brinkley ... has continuously been the head of a large-scale, illegal gambling enterprise operating throughout the state of Oklahoma with the base of operations located at Star Amusement Incorporated ... in El Reno,” a federal investigator reported in a court affidavit in March 2013.
Adlai Brinkley, 52, and his wife, Pamela Brinkley, 51, were charged last week in Oklahoma City federal court with aiding and abetting each other in the operation of an illegal gambling business.
They have been married almost seven years.
Adlai Brinkley also was charged with money laundering.
He is scheduled to plead to the offenses May 14. A judge will determine his prison sentence later.
Prosecutors acknowledged in court papers that an agreement had been reached with both defendants “regarding a criminal plea and forfeiture of assets.”
“Mr. Brinkley has entered into a plea agreement with the government,” his defense attorney, Mark Henricksen, confirmed Friday.
“Mr. Brinkley has retired and has sold his business,” the defense attorney said. “He is dealing with health issues and will be glad to get this behind him.”
Pamela Brinkley’s attorney, David Autry, declined to comment.
The couple is forfeiting $1,761,096 in cash, as well as property in Enid worth $148,100, records show.
They also are forfeiting any rights to 262 seized electronic gaming devices, records show.
Federal agents and Canadian County sheriff’s deputies found some of the illegal machines during raids in March 2013 at Charlie B’s Bar, the Elks Lodge, Gilmore’s Pub & Barefoot Bar, the Veterans of Foreign Wars post and the American Legion post in El Reno, records show.
The American Legion’s El Reno post had 37 machines, an inventory of the raid shows.
Federal agents also searched the couple’s home in Union City in March 2013, seizing bags of U.S. currency, gold coins and silver coins, records show.
Federal investigators suspect Adlai Brinkley paid off some sheriffs to look the other way, records show. However, no one was charged with a bribery offense as a result of the investigation.
“He has created personal relationships with numerous influential individuals, including law enforcement personnel, throughout the state,” a U.S. Homeland Security Department special agent, Eric Coburn, reported in a court affidavit in March 2013.
“Based on these relationships, Brinkley has been able to operate the illegal gambling enterprise in view of the public without fear of law enforcement intervention,” the agent reported. “Information from the current and previous investigations indicates that Brinkley may also be involved in public corruption activities, which has shielded him from prosecution as well.”
Adlai Brinkley took over the illegal operation from his uncle and cousin who were sentenced to prison in 1990 for tax fraud, the agent wrote.
Star Amusement also provided to bars legitimate coin-operated entertainment devices, such as dart boards, jukeboxes and pool tables, records show.
Adlai Brinkley is listed as a prosecution witness in an embezzlement case against a former state American Legion leader.
David Austin Kellerman, a former state Legion adjutant, is charged in Canadian County District Court.
Kellerman is accused in the embezzlement case of taking ceremonial military rifles from Legion posts and selling them for his personal profit.
Brinkley said he bought 39 of the ceremonial rifles in 2012 from Kellerman. He also has said he did not know they were stolen, records show.