AG Pruitt Secures Forfeiture Funds; Shuts Down Anadarko Illegal Gambling Ring
OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Scott Pruitt Thursday secured $3.5 million in laundered proceeds from an Anadarko illegal gambling ring that involved multiple Internet cafés in Florida.
The $3.5 million is part of an agreement with Chase and Kristin Burns, of Anadarko, who ran the Florida cafés with computer servers in Oklahoma. The AG’s agreement will dismantle the illegal operation and prohibit its owners from running gambling facilities or laundering gambling proceeds through bank accounts located in Oklahoma.
“There are severe and sustained consequences for breaking the law in Oklahoma, and I hope this sends a message to anyone considering profiting from illegal gambling,” Attorney General Pruitt said. “I appreciate the cooperation of the State of Florida and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. With their assistance, we were able to secure criminal and civil charges for these individuals and shut down their illegal gaming and money laundering activities.”
Chase and Kristin Burns were arrested in March following several years of investigation by the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office, the OSBI, the IRS, the Florida Attorney General’s Office, the Seminole County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Following their arrest, they were prosecuted criminally by the Florida Attorney General’s Office with the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office seizing their laundered money from accounts in Oklahoma.
Chase Burns, the owner of International Internet Technologies (IIT), was accused of supplying illegal gaming software to outlets in Florida, violating the state’s gaming laws.
According to the affidavit, Burns and other owners of the gaming units claimed the money played and lost on the games was to be donated to a veterans group, Allied Veterans, which actually received less than 1 percent of the proceeds.
Burns pleaded no contest in his Florida criminal case after being indicted on charges of racketeering, money laundering, keeping a gambling house, the manufacturing or sale of slot machines and conducting a lottery.
Burns Order and Settlement.pdf