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Oklahoma Department of Securities regulators freeze assets of Bricktown Hotel owner

State claims Oklahoma City businessman sold more than $4 million in unregistered securities to investors.
by Brianna Bailey Modified: August 13, 2014 at 8:00 pm •  Published: August 12, 2014

State regulators claim the owner of Oklahoma City’s Bricktown Hotel & Convention Center has sold more than $4 million in unregistered securities to investors in several states, and then used money for personal expenses and to pay off earlier investors.

Over a period of several years, Oklahoma City businessman Tom Seabrooke promised investors lucrative returns for investing in various real estate in the state, including a housing development in Weatherford and houses for sale in Perkins and Cushing, regulators said.

The Oklahoma Department of Securities moved Monday to seek a court order to freeze the assets of several Oklahoma City-based companies controlled by Tom and Karyn Seabrooke. The Seabrookes’ holdings include the real estate firm Seabrooke Realty LLC, the Bricktown Hotel & Convention Center at 2001 E Reno, the property management firm KAT Properties LLC, Oakbrooke Homes LLC, and the Cherry Hill apartment complex at 4708 SE 44.

Calls to the Seabrookes’ Oklahoma City offices were not returned Tuesday.

In documents filed in Oklahoma County District Court, the Department of Securities claims Tom Seabrooke promised investors in Oklahoma, California, Texas and Washington annual rates of returns of up to 15 percent for investing in Oklahoma real estate.

“Tom Seabrooke and Karyn Seabrooke have used investor funds for the payment of personal expenses, the payment of business expenses unrelated to the investment notes and investment agreements, and the payment of money to earlier investors,” according to court documents filed this week.

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by Brianna Bailey
Business Writer
Brianna Bailey has lived in Idaho, Germany and Southern California, but Oklahoma is her adopted home. She has a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and has worked at several newspapers in Oklahoma and Southern...
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