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Okla. Attorney General Moves To Seize Nearly $8M

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma's attorney general is being allowed to continue an effort to seize nearly $8 million from an Anadarko couple and the corporations they control that prosecutors say is tied to an illegal gambling operation in Florida.

Assistant Attorney General Kris Jarvis says an Oklahoma County District Court judge on Friday denied a defense motion for the return of the money and the dismissal of the forfeiture hearing and upheld the attorney general's authority to seize money laundering proceeds.

The state seized $7.8 million in March and filed a notice of intent to forfeit against Chase Egan Burns and his wife, Kristin Burns. They're among 57 people arrested on felony charges related to the Florida case.

His attorney has said Burns is merely a software provider who sold an Internet service.

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