Bounty Hunters Bust Open Con-Ring Targeting Oklahoma Casino Patrons

Tuesday, January 18th 2011, 5:40 pm
By: News 9

Rusty Surette, News 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Bounty hunters say they may have cracked open a metro-wide scam that emptied the bank accounts of its victims.

Brothers Cash and Blake Freeman, owners of Elite Fugitive Recovery, say a woman they took into custody last weekend has confessed to taking part in a "professional con-ring" that targeted people all across the area.

"Just from the people we talked to…We talked to at least six people, and every single one stolen and ripped off, every single one of them," said Blake Freeman.

The brothers from Elite Fugitive Recovery say the more digging they did, the more they learned about the scam she and several others are working. They say one of the favorites spots the scammers hit was local casinos, particularly the Riverwind Casino.

"They would go in and get the people's bank account information and wipe the bank accounts clean,' said Blake Freeman.

It is unclear exactly how the scammers are doing this, but the victims are not just casino patients. That's why it's always important to be aware of your surroundings and be careful who you're giving your personal information to.

Kim Koch, a spokeswoman for the Riverwind Casino, issued this statement to News 9:

"We have not received any complaints nor have we received any claims of this activity occurring on our property. However, we are informing jackpot winners of the news report regarding the scam and encouraging winners not to share their bank account or personal information."

News 9 is not identifying the 21-year-old woman who was arrested because at this time she hasn't been charged with a crime related to the scams. The bounty hunters say they're giving all the information they collected in their investigation to the McClain County Sheriff's Office.