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Oklahoma City man receives probation for IRS violation in connection with gambler Teddy Mitchell

A dealer who worked at Teddy Mitchell's house was sentenced to probation Tuesday for failing to report his tip income to the Internal Revenue Service.
by Nolan Clay Published: September 11, 2013

A card dealer has been put on probation for a tax crime involving his tips from Teddy Mitchell's illegal poker games.

Michael Lee McCullah, 35, pleaded guilty in Oklahoma City federal court in July to a misdemeanor.

He admitted he filed a false federal income tax return because he failed to report as income about $7,000 in tips made in 2007.

Tuesday, U.S. District Judge David Russell put him on probation for a year, fined him $1,000 and ordered him to pay $884 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.

The judge dismissed a felony illegal gambling count against McCullah.

McCullah told the judge Tuesday that he was sorry for what he had done.

“I've tried to make things right from day one,” he said.

McCullah has worked at different Oklahoma casinos since 2007, but became unemployed after being indicted last year because his gaming license was suspended, his attorney wrote in a sentencing memo.

“Mr. McCullah has been informed that upon dismissal of the felony, he will be permitted to return to work,” the attorney, Matthew Kane, wrote.

“Mr. McCullah dealt cards at Mr. Mitchell's home games once or twice a week for several months in 2007. He was paid in tips by poker players and did not report that income,” the attorney wrote.

Mitchell was accused in the 2012 indictment of illegally making millions of dollars by hosting high-stakes poker games at his Oklahoma City home and by taking bets on sporting events.

Mitchell, 58, pleaded guilty in July for his involvement in the sports betting and for a money-laundering conspiracy. He is awaiting sentencing. has disabled the comments for this article.
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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