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April 7, 2013

Bookie pleads guilty in gambling inquiry

OKLAHOMA CITY — Another bookie has pleaded guilty to illegal gambling in a deal that requires him to testify if called by prosecutors at the upcoming trial for Teddy Mitchell, of Oklahoma City.

Gary John Gibb, 69, of Reno, Nev., also must forfeit $500,000 — the amount he made from his involvement in an illegal offshore Internet sports betting business.

“I was involved,” Gibb said in Oklahoma City federal court. “I definitely made a mistake. I know I did.”

U.S. District Judge David Russell will decide Gibb’s punishment later. Gibb faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine on one felony count.

Prosecutors agreed to drop two other felony counts against Gibb at his sentencing if he fulfills his obligations to cooperate.

Mitchell, 58, is awaiting trial on a federal indictment that accuses him of making millions of dollars by hosting illegal high-stakes poker games at his Oklahoma City home and by illegally taking bets on sporting events.

Mitchell’s attorney contends Mitchell is a professional gambler who believed he was acting legally, The Oklahoman reported.

The trial is set to begin in August in Oklahoma City.

The gambling case has attracted widespread public attention because Mitchell’s wife, Julie, 34, was brutally beaten to death in their home in November 2010. Police have not arrested anyone in the death.

Another bookie, Richard Allen Hancock, 67, of Yorba Linda, Calif., pleaded guilty in March to illegal gambling and money laundering. Hancock said he was Mitchell’s boss in the illegal Internet sports betting business.

Gibb said in court Friday that he collected money for Hancock.

During a lengthy investigation, FBI agents interviewed gamblers who dealt with Gibb to bet on sports. One Montana gambler stated he had placed sports wagers with Gibb for about 10 years, according to one FBI agent’s affidavit.

The man reported betting “$500 to $1,000 per game on football and basketball,” according to the affidavit.

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