The Norman Transcript

July 9, 2013

2 plead guilty to gambling charges

By Tim Talley
The Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY — Two Oklahoma City men accused of taking part in an illegal gambling operation pleaded guilty Monday to federal gambling and money laundering charges.

Teddy Mitchell, 58, and son Dryden Ryley Mitchell, 32, entered the pleas in U.S. District Court in a plea agreement in which prosecutors agreed to dismiss additional charges against both men.

Prosecutors alleged that Teddy Mitchell was the leader of an illegal Internet gambling business that operated poker games, took sports wagers, used an illegal gambling website and laundered illegal gambling proceeds. Mitchell told U.S. District Judge David Russell that he and at least five other men operated the gambling business between 2004 and 2010.

“I went out and found people who wanted to gamble on games,” Mitchell said. Questioned by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ashley Altshuler, Mitchell said he had been a bookie most of his life, taking sports bets for clients, both in person and over the phone. He said he had about 60 clients in Oklahoma and other states.