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Two accused of running illegal sports betting operation out of northwest Oklahoma City bar

by Matt Dinger Published: September 14, 2013
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A northwest Oklahoma City bar owner and her boyfriend are accused of running an illegal sports gambling operation and using the bar to collect money and pay out winnings, court documents show.

Bernard Edward Horrigan, 64, was charged with felony commercial gambling and Connie Sue Kelley, 61, faces a misdemeanor charge of permitting the premises to be used for commercial gambling.

The charges were filed after an Oklahoma City police officer contacted Horrigan about setting up an online gambling account, court records show.

About a week after bets were placed, bettors were told to meet at The Store Club, 5025 N Portland Ave., to pay or collect money. Horrigan's girlfriend, Kelley, is the bar's owner and she was introduced to the officer when he went to pay his debts, according to the affidavit.

The police officer placed bets between February and August and a search warrant was served on Aug. 14.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed in the case, the officer was led into a storage room at the bar to hand off the money. When Horrigan wasn't available to take money, cash-filled envelopes were often left with bartenders.

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by Matt Dinger
Court Reporter
Matt Dinger was born and raised in Oklahoma City. He has worked in OPUBCO's News and Information Center since 2006, and has been assigned to the breaking news desk since its formation in fall 2008. He specializes in crime and police reporting.
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