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Judge puts Teddy Mitchell on home detention until trial in illegal gambling case

Mitchell, 57, of Oklahoma City, had been in custody since FBI agents arrested him Friday. The judge required Mitchell's older sister, Debra O'Toole, to sign a $500,000 bond. If he flees she ‘will be on the hook for it,' the judge said.
by Nolan Clay Modified: September 25, 2012 at 9:38 pm •  Published: September 25, 2012
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She said poker players who were interviewed for the investigation recalled the dealer would take a “rake” from the pot of each poker hand.

She testified witnesses described pots getting as high as $20,000 to $25,000. She said players complained about how much was raked from each hand.

“A lot of them told us it was unreasonable. They weren't too happy about it,” she said.

She also revealed that prominent businessmen and millionaires were among those who used Teddy Mitchell as their bookie to bet on sporting events.

She testified witnesses have told investigators of seeing Teddy Mitchell with hundreds of thousands of dollars in his pockets. She testified witnesses said he had millions of dollars in safes in different properties he owns.

“We have an idea where they are,” she testified.

Prosecutors call

Mitchell a flight risk

Prosecutors told the judge they believe Teddy Mitchell has hundreds of thousands of dollars hidden away. They called him a flight risk.

Defense attorney Scott Adams said Teddy Mitchell has known for more than two years that the FBI was investigating him over gambling.

“If Mr. Mitchell was a flight risk, he certainly wouldn't be here today. He would have gone away a long, long time ago,” the attorney told the judge.

Testimony during the hearing also revealed that Teddy Mitchell allegedly asked a prominent oil and gas businessman in December 2010 to hold $200,000 for him. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ed Kumiega pointed out to the judge that was the month after Teddy Mitchell's wife was killed.

Teddy Mitchell later asked his accountant to hold $100,000 for him, according to the testimony. The IRS agent told the judge Teddy Mitchell brought over the cash in grocery bags and also asked the accountant to hold on to millions of dollars worth of Julie Mitchell's jewelry.

The trial is set for Nov. 13 but a delay is expected.

His attorney said after the hearing he is confident Teddy Mitchell will be acquitted.

“We've got a defense for every bit of that stuff,” Adams told news reporters. “What Teddy did was all legal. Everything he did was legal. ... They're misrepresenting what's going on. I've always said that he was a professional gambler. Hell, he files his tax returns as a professional gambler. But then they want to sit there and say, ‘Bookie, bookie, bookie,' because it's the big, bad word. We'll take care of that at trial.”

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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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