Anadarko company owner, wife jailed in gambling inquiry

An Oklahoma man and his wife were in jail Tuesday after being accused of involvement with an illegal Florida gambling operation.
by Nolan Clay Modified: March 12, 2013 at 10:15 pm •  Published: March 12, 2013

“There is probable cause to believe that Allied Veterans and others were involved in conducting, financing, managing, supervising, directing, and owning illegal gambling businesses in Florida involving slot machines that earned, after deducting prize payouts, over $290 million from 2007 to the present,” the agent reported.

Only about $6 million went to charitable causes during that time, according to the agent's affidavit.

IIT was paid more than $63 million for its work for the illegal operation, the agent wrote.

“That's a fabrication or figment of their imagination,” Chase Burns' attorney said. “I'm almost positive he didn't get that much money. … Not even close to it.”

Chase Burns is being represented by his father, Tony Burns, a former district attorney.

“What Chase was doing was he was actually selling the Internet time,” Tony Burns said. “That's was what his business was — providing the software. And there's nothing illegal about providing software to any business. … That is not anything to do with gambling. The fact that there are other people in Florida that might use it that way, that's beyond his control.”

The attorney also said his son is a farmer.

“A substantial portion of his income comes from farming and ranching, but, yes, he's more than a millionaire, I'm not denying that,” Tony Burns said.

Chase Burns is fighting extradition to Florida. A judge Tuesday required him to stay off the Internet and to stay at his home until the next court hearing April 12.

Oklahoma prosecutors report that in Florida Chase Burns faces one count of racketeering, one count of conspiracy, 51 counts of manufacturing, sale or possession of slot machines, 51 counts of conducting a lottery, 51 counts of keeping a gambling house and 53 counts of money laundering.

Oklahoma prosecutors report his wife faces one count of racketeering, one count of conspiracy and four counts of money laundering.

“They're filing on her to put pressure on my son,” Tony Burns said. “I'm really disappointed in law enforcement getting that way.”

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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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