in connection to allegations that he made $290 million after supplying illegal
gambling software in Florida and claiming the games' proceeds would benefit
Authorities in Oklahoma arrested Chase Egan Burns, 37, earlier this week. He turned himself in to sheriff's deputies in Oklahoma on a felony charge of being a fugitive from Florida, where he is facing several charges including racketeering and conspiracy, according to a formal accusation filed by Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt's office. Burns' wife also has been arrested.
Court documents allege Burns and other owners of gambling units he supplied claimed that the money played and lost on the games would be donated to Allied Veterans. But authorities said the veterans group received less than 1 percent of the proceeds.
Prosecutors said they believe Burns earned more than $290 million on the gaming software and units.
His wife, Kristin Burns, 38, was arrested Monday night also on allegations of being a fugitive from Florida, where she is charged with racketeering, conspiracy and money laundering, according to Pruitt's office.
Court and jail records indicate Chase Burns was free on $500,000 bond Tuesday afternoon and his wife was released on $100,000 bond. Both are required to surrender their passports and wear a GPS tracker.
Authorities are seeking the couple's extradition to Florida to face the charges.
Chase Burns owns International Internet Technologies in Anadarko, about 60 miles southwest of Oklahoma City.
He and his wife were arrested after an investigation that spanned several years and involved the Internal Revenue Service and various law enforcement agencies in Oklahoma and Florida, including the sheriff's office in Florida's Seminole County, according to Pruitt's office.
A telephone number listed for Allied Veterans in St. Augustine, Fla., has been disconnected. Multiple emails sent by The Associated Press to an address listed on the group's website weren't returned Tuesday evening.
Along with racketeering and conspiracy charges, Chase Burns is facing multiple counts of the sale or possession of slot machines, conducting a lottery, keeping a gambling house and money laundering, according to the formal accusation filed by Pruitt's office.
Carroll's resignation ends -- at least for now -- a successful political career. She served in the House from 2003 to 2010, becoming the first African-American female Republican to be elected. Scott selected her as his running mate in September 2010. The pair took office in January 2011. In the process, she became the first African-American elected statewide in Florida and the first female elected lieutenant governor.
Democrats pounced on Carroll's resignation to bash Scott, who is up for re-election in 2014.
"Floridians expected an administration focused on solving the problems facing Florida's families, but instead got a scandal plagued Governor and a revolving staff door," said Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Allison Tant in a statement.
"Rick Scott and his administration have made a mockery of the Governor's office -- embarrassing Floridians while failing to accomplish his legislative priorities" she wrote. "Scott campaigned on changing Tallahassee but his first three years have been more of the same corruption and waste that taxpayers have come to expect from Florida Republicans."
The former lieutenant governor -- who is the mother of Miami Dolphins defensive back Nolan Carroll -- has been named in previous scandals.
Last year, a former aide, Carletha Cole, claimed to have found Carroll in a compromising position with a travel aide inside's Carroll's office.
Cole is charged with violating state law for allegedly giving a recording of a conversation with Carroll's chief of staff to a newspaper reporter.
Cole says she was ordered by the travel aide to find adjoining hotel rooms for Carroll when they traveled. Carroll has said previously the allegations are an attempt by Cole and her attorney to get the criminal charges against Cole dropped.
Carroll, a married mother of three, became the brunt of late-night talk show hosts when she defended herself against the allegations, telling a Tampa Bay area TV station that black women who look like her "don't engage in relationships like that." She later apologized for the remarks, which implied that black lesbians are not attractive.
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