Friday November 8,2013 : ALLIED VETERANS' SOFTWARE PROVIDER IN $3.5 MILLION SETTLEMENT (Update)
Oklahoma AG initially wanted $7.7 million.
Chase and Kristin Burns, the owners of International Internet Technologies, an Oklahoma-based software company that supplied the Allied Veterans of America internet cafe gambling enterprise busted by Florida police have found the association an expensive one, this week they settled with the state of Oklahoma to the tune of $3.5 million.
It could have been worse – originally Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt wanted them to forfeit $7.7 million.
The couple was among 57 defendants arrested across several states as the Florida internet gambling ring was broken up after using the Allied Veterans charity as a front for a business that generated some $300 million. The investigation led to the resignation earlier this year of Florida's lieutenant governor and a ban on Internet cafes in Florida.
The Burns were accused of laundering money and providing illegal gambling software, and have now successfully brokered a deal with their state's AG.
As part of the settlement agreement, Pruitt agreed to not charge the couple criminally in Oklahoma.
Of the $3.5 million in forfeited funds, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation will receive $875,000. The remainder will be used by Pruitt's office for crime prevention, with an emphasis on money laundering.