, Muskogee, OK

January 26, 2014

State man focus of slot machine investigation

Associated Press

— OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Federal authorities allege an Oklahoma man has supplied illegal slot machines to bars and lodges for years.

Search warrant records say Adlai S. Brinkley, the owner of Star Amusement Inc. in El Reno, has been the head of a large-scale, illegal gambling enterprise that’s operated throughout the state, The Oklahoman reported. He has not been charged.

A 77-page court affidavit filed last year says Brinkley, 52, has been doing it for 22 years, and that from 2009 through 2012, Brinkley and his wife deposited $40,000 to $80,000 a month in cash into a bank account. Those deposits totaled more than $4 million.

Brinkley’s attorney, Mark Henricksen of El Reno, told The Oklahoman that he could not comment on the allegations.

Federal agents and Canadian County sheriff’s deputies raided several bars and lodges last March and seized gambling machines and cash. An American Legion post in El Reno had 37 machines in its gambling room, an inventory shows.

Federal agents also searched Brinkley’s home in Union City, seizing bags of U.S. currency, gold coins and silver coins. They also searched Star Amusement’s offices in El Reno.

The affidavit states Brinkley may also be involved in public corruption activities that have shielded him from prosecution.

“He has created personal relationships with numerous influential individuals including law enforcement personnel throughout the state,” wrote Eric B. Coburn, a special agent with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. “Based on these relationships, Brinkley has been able to operate the illegal gambling enterprise in view of the public without fear of law enforcement intervention.”

According to a search warrant affidavit, investigators were told Brinkley had electronic gambling devices in Oklahoma City, Del City, Midwest City, El Reno, Fort Cobb, Muskogee, Henryetta, Lawton, Moore, Norman, McAlester, Tulsa, Sand Springs and Kansas.

The court documents reveal investigators went undercover a number of times over the past decade to play the electronic games in El Reno bars, lodges and veterans’ posts.

Agents counted 16 slot machines in the Elks Lodge in El Reno during surveillance on Feb. 8.