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Bond set for Oklahoma businessman accused in gambling scheme

7:37 AM, Mar 13, 2013   |    comments
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ANADARKO, Okla. (KOCO) - Bond was set at $500,000 for an Anadarko businessman accused in a multistate illegal gambling scheme.

Chase Burns, the owner of International Internet Technologies (IIT), is accused of providing illegal gaming software to outlets in Florida, violating the state's gaming laws.

In addition to bond, set Tuesday afternoon at the Caddo County Courthouse, Burns was required to surrender his passport, the passport of his child, wear a GPS tracker, not speak to co-conspirators, not access the Internet and to remain under house arrest.

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Federal authorities raided his business late Monday night and are still there as of 4 p.m. Tuesday, according to KOCO Eyewitness News 5's Naveen Dhaliwal, who talked to Burns' father.

"I certainly believe in my son's innocence. I don't think he's done anything wrong. He just supplied an Internet service," said Tony Burns.

Chase Burns' wife, Kristin Burns, was also arrested Monday night. Her bond was set at $100,000 in Cleveland County District Court. She must also wear a GPS tracker and surrender her passport.

International Internet Technologies is believed to be the headquarters of the operation, which allegedly ran out of 50 Internet casinos in Florida. According to the 130-page federal search warrant, the scam was run through Allied Veterans, a nonprofit.

The charity is accused of only donating $6 million, or 2 percent, of its more than $290 million profit to its charitable causes. The rest was allegedly pocketed by the individuals and businesses involved in this scam, including a $75 million cut for Chase Burns.

Chase Burns is the brother of Brett Burns, the former Caddo County DA. Several federal, state and local agencies are participating in this investigation.

The next hearing on extradition was set for April 12 in Caddo County District Court.

KOCO Oklahoma City

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