The Federal Investigation Bureau Oklahoma City Division released a press release just two days ago which named ten Oklahoma residents as defendants in an 81 count federal indictment. The defendants have been charged with crimes which are associated with an illegal gambling operation.
The press release was announced by Sanford C. Coats, the US Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma, as well as Jim Finch, the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI, and Andrea D. Whelan, the Special Agent in Charge of IRS Criminal Investigation. The ten defendants charged in the indictment range in age from early twenties to late sixties.
Defendants in the case:
- Teddy Dryden Mitchell, 57, of Oklahoma City
- Dryden Ryley Mitchell, 32, of Oklahoma City
- Billy Nick Mitchell, 22, of Oklahoma City
- David Bruce Loveland, 64, of Oklahoma City
- Jerry Wayne Gilchrist (aka “Best Buy Jerry”), 34, of Oklahoma City
- Michael Lee McCullah, 35, of Ardmore, Oklahoma
- Justin Edward Musgrove, 39, of Midwest City, Oklahoma
- Richard Allen Hancock 67, of Yorba Linda, California
- Gary John Gibb, 68, of Reno, Nevada
- Gortation Management, S.A., a Costa Rican corporation
The indictment reported that the defendants were members of an illegal gambling business that:
1) operated “high stakes” poker games from a residence located at 640 N.W. 150th, in Oklahoma City;
2) took bets and wagers on sporting events on behalf of betting clients;
3) used an illegal Internet gambling website in interstate and foreign commerce for the benefit of betting clients;
4) laundered the proceeds of illegal gambling activities; and
5) committed various crimes related to the operation of an illegal gambling business, including but not limited to, interstate travel in aid of racketeering and use of a wire communication facility to transmit betting information.”
The indictment calls out Teddy Mitchell as the organizer of the poker games which took place at the Oklahoma City residence located in the indictment details above. Professionals from local casinos, family members and associates would play various roles at the games including dealers, bankers, greeters, etc and they would operate both low and high stakes games.
The group took a rake to be able generate enough income from the minimum 400 hands of poker that were played each week. It was further alleged that several of the defendants worked together to launder over $8.1 million in cash which was earned from the gambling operation.
The indictment is seeking the forfeiture of the cash of over $8.1 million as well as 24 tracts of property, several vehicles and cash in various bank accounts. Each defendant is involved to a certain degree in this case so each will face different punishments if convicted. Those at the top of the operation could face up to 20 years and $500,000 in fines with a conviction while others will face up to 5 years in prison and up to $250,000 fine. We will stay on top of the details of this story and keep you informed as more information is made available.
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