FBI says Teddy Mitchell involved wife in illegal poker games

by Nolan Clay Published: November 26, 2012
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He is on home detention while awaiting trial.

The jury trial is set to begin April 9 in federal court in Oklahoma City.

“He paid taxes on everything. He felt that all that he was doing was all legal. That's our position,” his attorney, Scott Adams, said Sunday.

8-year investigation

The FBI agent also revealed in the affidavit that Teddy Mitchell had been under investigation for eight years before his indictment.

The agent revealed that witnesses stated Teddy Mitchell has been a bookie taking sports bets his entire adult life.

“Interviews have shown Mitchell began working as a bookie for Pody Poe, who ran a notorious gambling enterprise in the 1970s and 1980s,” the agent reported. “A book written about Pody Poe's life devoted an entire chapter to his protegee, Teddy Mitchell.

“Poe was convicted of federal gambling charges ... and Mitchell continued working as a bookie on his own. Interviews of gambling clients and other bookies ... revealed that Mitchell is reputed to have started the illegal gambling business as the youngest bookie in Oklahoma and to have the largest or second largest illegal gambling business in the state, in terms of number of clients and money received from illegal gambling.”

The agent reported identifying more than 50 gamblers who were clients of Teddy Mitchell or Dryden Mitchell.

Two clients said in interviews they began using Teddy Mitchell as a bookie more than 20 years ago, the agent wrote in the affidavit. “One ... said he first bet with Mitchell in 1984 or 1985,” the agent wrote.

The agent reported another client paid Teddy Mitchell at least $430,000 in gambling debts owed for betting on college football games.

The individual “admitted to betting from $1,000 to $5,000 per football game, approximately 12 games per week, every week during college football season, from approximately 2002 through 2006,” the agent reported.

The court affidavit shows that witnesses also told the FBI Teddy Mitchell was involved in placing illegal gambling machines in businesses.

One witness reported Teddy Mitchell received large cash payments each week from business owners.

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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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