Alleged illegal gambling defendant could be embezzlement witness

KELLERMAN, David A.

By Traci Chapman

The defendant in an illegal gambling operation case could be a witness in the embezzlement case of a former American Legion adjutant.

David Austin Kellerman, 43, was charged in January by Attorney General Scott Pruitt with felony embezzlement. The case was filed in Canadian County District Court and is set for a May 9 preliminary hearing before Special Judge Jack McCurdy.

According to the Information Sheet filed with the court, Kellerman was an employee of Oklahoma American Legion state headquarters. While there, investigators alleged Kellerman took ceremonial World War-era military rifles with “unlawful and fraudulent intent.” As part of his job, Kellerman collected World War II rifles from defunct American Legion posts across the state, and he was then charged with returning those weapons to the U.S. Army, investigators said. Instead, Pruitt alleged Kellerman kept some of the rifles and sold them for his own profit. The alleged thefts took place between January 2010 and December 2011, AG investigators said.

One of those people who allegedly bought some of the stolen rifles was Adlai Stevenson Brinkley, investigators said. Brinkley last week agreed to a plea deal that would include forfeiture of cash and property in a federal case involving his alleged 22-year illegal gambling business, located in El Reno. Kellerman was involved with the El Reno American Legion Post as a state employee, investigators said. Court records showed both Mustang and Oklahoma City addresses for the man.

“Hard work by our agents and federal investigators revealed a scheme that not only stole property from our military, but from veterans,” Pruitt said. “We are working to recover more of the stolen property and bring to justice anyone involved with this crime.”

Twenty rifles had been recovered but the investigation continues, they said. If convicted, Kellerman could serve five years in prison and pay a $5,000 fine.