TULSA, Okla., Aug. 20 (UPI) — Oklahoma state Sen. Rick Brinkley resigned Thursday after pleading guilty to charges he defrauded the Better Business Bureau of $1.83 million dollars.
Brinkley, who represents Oklahoma’s 34th District, which includes Tulsa, issued a statement announcing his resignation.
“Due to personal reasons, I hereby irrevocably resign my office as state senator for District 34 effective immediately,” he said.
Those personal reasons likely include six charges related to a scheme in which he admitted he embezzled money from the BBB, where he worked. The scheme took place between 2005 and 2015.
“He liked casinos,” Williams said at a news conference.
Brinkley pleaded guilty to five counts of wire fraud and one count of tax evasion.
As part of his plea deal, Brinkley agreed to pay back $1.83 million to the BBB and $165,625 to the Internal Revenue Service. U.S. District Judge Claire Eagan scheduled his sentencing for Nov. 20.
Brinkley could face up to 37 months in prison, NewsOK.com reported.