ANADARKO, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma technology company owner was arrested Tuesday in connection to allegations that he made $290 million after supplying illegal gambling software in Florida and claiming the games' proceeds would benefit a veterans group.
Chase Egan Burns, 37, turned himself in to sheriff's deputies in Oklahoma on a felony charge of being a fugitive from Florida, where he is facing several charges including racketeering and conspiracy, according to a formal accusation filed by Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt's office. Burns' wife also has been arrested.
Court documents allege Burns and other owners of gambling units he supplied claimed that the money played and lost on the games would be donated to Allied Veterans. But authorities said the veterans group received less than 1 percent of the proceeds.
Prosecutors said they believe Burns earned more than $290 million on the gaming software and units.
His wife, Kristin Burns, 38, was arrested Monday night also on allegations of being a fugitive from Florida, where she is charged with racketeering, conspiracy and money laundering, according to Pruitt's office.
Court and jail records indicate Chase Burns was free on $500,000 bond Tuesday afternoon and his wife was released on $100,000 bond. Both are required to surrender their passports and wear a GPS tracker.
An extradition hearing is set April 12 for Chase Burns, according to court records. Tony Burns, who Pruitt's office said is Burns' father and represents him in the case, did not return a phone call seeking comment. Court records do not list an attorney or hearing date for Kristin Burns.
Chase Burns owns International Internet Technologies in Anadarko, about 60 miles southwest of Oklahoma City.
He and his wife were arrested after an investigation that spanned several years and involved the Internal Revenue Service and various law enforcement agencies in Oklahoma and Florida, including the sheriff's office in Florida's Seminole County, according to Pruitt's office.
Heather Smith, spokeswoman for the Seminole County sheriff's office, wouldn't answer questions about the investigation, saying said the agency has not released any information about the case.
A telephone number listed for Allied Veterans in St. Augustine, Fla., has been disconnected. Multiple emails sent by The Associated Press to an address listed on the group's website weren't returned Tuesday evening.
Along with racketeering and conspiracy charges, Chase Burns is facing multiple counts of the sale or possession of slot machines, conducting a lottery, keeping a gambling house and money laundering, according to the formal accusation filed by Pruitt's office.