Undercover FBI employees bet, lost federal cash on OU games

Undercover FBI employees won and lost thousands of dollars during a gambling investigation of gambling operation, records show. The inquiry resulted in an indictment last month.
by Nolan Clay Published: May 6, 2013

“Matt” worked undercover in both 2007 and 2008, records show. He signed up online with Legendz Sports on Feb. 1, 2008.

“Hey, any chance I can get one of the swimsuit calendars???” he asked a customer service representative in an online chat that day.

The representative replied: “We are all out of the calendars. They go pretty fast.”

Later that year, he did get the 2008 swimsuit calendar. It is now among the evidence in the case.

Another undercover employee, who called himself “Joey,” won big a couple times in 2008. He collected $5,643 from a bookie suspect in October that year and $10,600 in November, records show.

He paid the suspect $3,230, though, in December 2008, records show.

“Joey” reported the bookie suspect during the December 2008 meeting commented that, even though he was an OU fan, he “needed the Sooners to lose in order for him to break even on the season.”

OU did lose, to Florida in the 2009 national championship game.

The FBI has been investigating bookie suspects connected to Legendz Sports since at least 2004, records show.

In October 2004, an FBI agent and an Internal Revenue Service agent questioned one suspect in the parking lot of an Oklahoma City video store.

The man admitted he was waiting to pick up $1,100 from a betting client, according to an FBI report.

The two agents asked the suspect if he knew of any public officials involved in illegal gambling, according to the report.

The suspect “stated that he knew of two police officers that currently bet on sports,” according to the report. There was no further detail.

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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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