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.
Officers are not seeking to charge additional people in connection with the operation, but seized evidence is still being reviewed and more charges may be filed in the future, Oklahoma City police Capt. Dexter Nelson said.
Horrigan was also charged with counts alleging use of a computer for the purpose of violating Oklahoma statutes and receiving, acquiring or concealing proceeds derived from a violation of Oklahoma statutes.
Kelley was also charged with permitting illegal activity and purchasing liquor from an unauthorized wholesaler based on evidence found during the search.
Horrigan and Kelley could not be reached for comment.