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Oklahoma City bingo hall 'sponsored by' group accused in Florida of fraud

Players spent almost $7.6 million at Bingo City, a hall in Oklahoma City, in 2010. State law does not require that any money from bingo halls actually go to charitable causes.
by Nolan Clay Published: April 22, 2013

It was incorporated in Oklahoma in November 2005. Ford is identified in paperwork at the ABLE Commission as a post commander and premise manager.

Post 28 at first ran a bingo hall called Will Rogers Bingo at 3130 N Portland. It later relocated to 4443 NW 50 as Bingo City.

Another Post 28 official, Arthur Marsh, 56, indicated money from those bingo halls was sent to the national Allied Veterans of the World organization.

“What do these people do?” Marsh said of the national group. “I was under the impression we were supporting a veterans' organization. … We need to put these guys in our past. We've got local charities that need money.”

Marsh, of Mustang, acknowledged he has had little to do with Bingo City's operations for more than a year because he has been recovering from major back surgery. He recently returned to work for the Oklahoma County sheriff.

Post 28 had $7,598,654 in gross income from its gaming activities in 2010, according to a tax form it filed with the Internal Revenue Service.

It reported it had only $75,121 in net income left over, though, after paying out prizes and expenses. It reported paying $6.3 million in cash prizes, $531,903 in rent and facility costs, and $684,426 in other expenses.

Post 28 told the IRS on the form: “The purpose of the organization is to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America and to honor those who have died in the service of their Country.”

It reported gross income of $1.5 million in 2009, $1.3 million in 2008, $1.3 million in 2007 and $1.5 million in 2006.

There was no explanation in the IRS forms for why the gross income was so much higher in 2010.

Post 28's gaming income for 2011 and 2012 was not available.

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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