Teddy Mitchell, eight other men and Costa Rican business accused in federal gambling indictment

A federal indictment released Monday accuses Teddy Mitchell and eight other men of involvement in illegal gambling. Also accused is a business in Costa Rica. A federal grand jury in Oklahoma City indicted them last week.
by Nolan Clay Modified: September 24, 2012 at 9:34 pm •  Published: September 24, 2012

Indictment's allegations

In the indictment, the grand jury alleges Teddy Mitchell organized both high-stakes and low-stakes poker games at his northwest Oklahoma City home.

His two sons, professionals from local casinos and other associates acted as dealers or had other roles in the poker games, according to the federal indictment.

His friend, Loveland, helped him greet the poker players and typically acted as a banker, exchanging poker chips for cash, according to the indictment. He took a “rake” — a percentage — from at least 400 poker hands each week, grand jurors allege.

“There were regular games multiple times a week at this residence,” Coats said. “People were betting tens of thousand of dollars each hand.”

Teddy Mitchell also operated as a traditional bookmaker, taking sports bets both in person and over the phone, according to the indictment.

Later, he and his oldest son, Dryden Mitchell, sent clients to a sports betting website, according to the indictment.

The website was run by the Costa Rican company, Gortation Management, which operates as a clearing house for bookies across the U.S., according to the indictment.

The illegal gambling business began in 2004 and continued until November 2010, according to the indictment.

Those charged in the indictment with involvement in the poker games are Teddy Mitchell; Dryden Mitchell, 32, of Oklahoma City; Nick Mitchell, 22, of Oklahoma City; Loveland, 64, of Oklahoma City; Jerry Wayne Gilchrist, 34, of Oklahoma City; Michael Lee McCullah, 35, of Ardmore, and Justin Edward Musgrove, 39, of Midwest City.

Those charged in the indictment with involvement in illegal Internet bookmaking are Teddy Mitchell, Dryden Mitchell, Loveland, Richard Allen Hancock, 67, of Yorba Linda, Calif., Gary John Gibb, 68, of Reno, Nev., and Gortation Management.

All nine men were in custody Monday, but most were to be released.

The grand jury alleges Teddy Mitchell and his co-conspirators used the illegal income from the gambling operation to purchase 24 pieces of property in Oklahoma County, as well as Cadillac Escalades and other vehicles. The real estate is valued at about $2 million, records show.

The federal government already has begun civil proceedings to take all those assets.

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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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