TULSA - The State Attorney General’s office filed a Forfeiture Petition in Oklahoma County District Court on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 seeking to freeze nearly $8 million in assets it says came from illegal gambling.
The petition, filed on behalf of the State of Oklahoma, states that the Attorney General believes that $7,783,536.30 of money currently in bank accounts belonging to Chase and Kristen Burns, are funds obtained through illegal gambling funds being generated out of Florida.
The scheme has been using a registered non-profit’s veteran group as a front for this illegal activity.
Operation “Reveal the Deal” has been ongoing since 2009 in Florida. The investigation involves various Florida county sheriff’s offices, the IRS, and the United States Secret Service. Oklahoma Attorney General’s and OSBI got involved in 2012 with the investigation.
Allied Veterans of the World, Inc., (AVOTW) originally formed in 1989 by Harold Grossman as a spin-off organization of the “451st Bomber Group” formed in 1979. In 2004, Johnny E. Duncan took control of group as “National Commander.”
In 2010, Jerry Bass assumed leadership of AVOTW. AVOTW represents itself as a Florida non-profit organization and as a veterans organization exempt from federal taxation.
It is registered as a 501(c)(19) non-profit veterans center and conducts “sweepstakes” as a way to raise money for charitable work.
Starting in 2007, AVOTW began running “Internet cafes,” i.e., gambling houses where people can come and play these “sweepstakes” throughout Florida. There are 55 gambling centers, called “affiliates” in Florida that have been identified by Florida law enforcement officials.
International Internet Technologies, LLC (ITT) is owned and operated by Chase Burns and Karen Burns, located in Anadarko, Oklahoma.
ITT supplies computer gaming software, technical assistance and other technical support for these illegal gaming locations in Florida. ITT is registered with both the Florida and Oklahoma Secretaries of State and Chase Burns is listed as the corporate officer.
All the gaming computers were linked via a router to ITT headquarters in Anadarko. ITT would sent four people to Florida to assist with technical support issues when they would arise.
A freeze has been placed on 10 accounts at a MidFirst Bank located in Oklahoma City. These accounts total $7,783,536.30. The accounts are in the names of Chase Burns and Kristen Burns. However, as much as $63 million dollars has been laundered through checking accounts here in Oklahoma through both Bank of America and MidFirst Bank.
In 2012, Chase Burns was the largest political donor for candidates running for General Assembly of the State of North Carolina. They invested over $5,300,000 in a yacht to entertain Florida political officials.
Arrests in Operation Reveal the Deal earlier this year in Florida resulted in the resignation of the Lieutenant Governor of Florida.
This is not the first time Chase and Kristen Burns have been involved in this type of activity. The lawsuit claims that the Burns provided similar technical support involving a gambling establishment in New Mexico.