- Rick Brinkley was sentenced to 37 months in prison
- He pleaded guilty to federal charges of wire fraud and tax evasion
- The former senator and Tulsa Better Business Bureau CEO shared a message for addicts
Three days after being sentenced to 37 months in prison, a former senator and Tulsa CEO shared a message to gambling addicts.
The Better Business Bureau fired Brinkley after allegations arose of embezzlement.
He pleaded guilty to federal charges in August 2015.
On Friday, he was ordered to serve 37 months in prison, spend three years under supervised release and pay more than $2 million in restitution to the BBB and IRS.
Monday morning, he addressed those who stood by him during the case. He then turned his focus to helping people suffering from gambling addiction.
“If you think you may have a gambling addiction, please know you are not alone,” he wrote. “It's estimated over 150,000 Oklahomans suffer from this addiction. Gambling addiction has the highest rate of successful suicide among all addictions including drugs and alcohol.”
The message continued, offering resources for addicts and encouragement.
“You don’t have to continue living in misery,” Brinkley said.
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