Federal investigators allege the owner of an Anadarko company is involved in an illegal gambling operation in Florida that made more than $290 million.
The owner, Chase Burns, 37, denies wrongdoing. “That's not true,” he said Monday. “What we do is legal.”
His company, International Internet Technologies LLC, supplied gambling software to Internet casinos in Florida that posed as fundraising centers for veterans' charities, authorities allege.
The company, also known as IIT, has been paid more than $63 million for its computer work for the illegal gambling operation, authorities reported.
An Oklahoma City federal magistrate judge Monday authorized a search of the IIT building in Anadarko for evidence of “conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud, operating an illegal gambling business and money laundering.”
In an affidavit for the search warrant, an Internal Revenue Service agent reported the fundraising centers in Florida began operating in 2007 under the name of a nonprofit corporation, Allied Veterans of the World Inc. & Affiliates.
“In fact, the ‘fundraising centers' were nothing more than Internet casinos that operated slot machines in violation of Florida's gambling laws,” IRS Special Agent Michael Favors wrote.
“The Internet casinos that used the Allied Veterans name were not the only ones that operated in Florida,” he wrote.
“Unlike some other Internet casinos, however, Allied Veterans and others engaged in a conspiracy and scheme to defraud the public and governmental agencies into believing that the money spent, and lost, at the Internet casinos that used the Allied Veterans name went to a charitable organization that was a member of the Veterans Administration.”