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Ex-OU punter sentenced to federal prison after stealing from bank to pay his bookie

Blake Brian Ferguson
Blake Brian Ferguson

A former Tulsa banking executive and University of Oklahoma football player who siphoned nearly $700,000 from his employer to pay off gambling debts was sentenced Thursday to 31 months in federal prison.

Blake Brian Ferguson, 37, was convicted after pleading guilty to paying off his gambling debts by committing a variety of fraudulent activities while employed at Firstar Bank N.A., where he was senior vice president. 

His incarceration on three counts of bank fraud and one count of unlawful monetary transaction will be followed by five years of supervised release.

Chief United States District Judge John E. Dowdell ruled Ferguson must make restitution to the bank and individuals affected, amounting to $144,160. 

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