An Oologah man set to appear for sentencing in federal court in Connecticut has died from a gunshot wound to the head.

William Todd Bingham died late Wednesday afternoon at a Tulsa hospital, Tulsa Police Investigator Mike Zenoni said Thursday morning. The Oologah resident was scheduled for sentencing on charges of money laundering and wire fraud to which he pleaded guilty in July 2008 as part of a plea agreement.

Bingham was found between 5 and 6 a.m. Wednesday at 3600 N. Sheridan near the Tulsa International Airport with a gunshot wound to the head. According to Zenoni, a passerby noticed Bingham was hanging out of his car door and stopped to help. Bingham was then taken to a Tulsa hospital and listed in critical condition. Bingham was alone in his vehicle.

Bingham’s death is still being investigated this morning and Zenoni said it is not certain whether the death was a suicide and is awaiting a report from the Medical Examiner. A weapon was found, Zenoni added.

Robert C. Mirto, Bingham’s Connecticut attorney, had no comment about his client late Wednesday afternoon.

A sentence between 70 and 87 months was expected to be imposed on Bingham Wednesday afternoon.

Bingham was federally indicted on July 24, 2008, on allegations he frauded several investors by claiming to purchase vehicles for resale to rental car companies for 10 years. According to the indictment, Bingham was provided $7 million from 42 investors from 2001 to 2007 to finance his business for which he promised investors 50 percent of the profits. Connecticut investors provided $1.8 million of the investment funds which was transferred to Bingham’s bank accounts here in Oklahoma.

Even though some of the funds were returned to investors, leading them to believe they were receiving profits from the business, Bingham spent the investment money on a car loan and mortgage payments, credit card bills and checks made out to himself for cash. The money returned to some investors, according to the government, was not profits but money from additional, new investors.

According to a sentencing memorandum filed by Mirto, Bingham had previously had a business where he purchased vehicles at auctions which were resold to rental car companies, but was not in that business between May 2001 and June 2007. Mirto also claimed Bingham took money from investors fraudulently as a result of his brother not paying $80,000 in taxes for their corporation, leaving Bingham with the bill.

Mirto also stated Bingham found “each day a nightmare” after he began taking money from supposed investors in order to pay bills and that Bingham became “close to gathering together investors and telling them what he was doing because he felt shame and remorse ... he was unable to do so because he did not have the guts to do so.”

Bingham coached an American Legion baseball team in Oologah for many years and was serving as the coach when he was arrested last year. Mirto stated in his memorandum that Bingham was a role model for those players ages 16 to 19. Several letters from those involved with the American Legion baseball program, including former players and coaches, were included in the memorandum to “reflect who the defendant really is.”

The letters described Bingham as “a great influence on my life and has always lead me in the right direction. He has taken care of me when my parents were away and I hurt my arm playing baseball ... and took me to my doctors appointments when I had no other way to get to them. I think of Todd as another parent that I can turn to for advice, someone who can lead me in the right direction,” one former player wrote.

Coaches and friends also described Bingham as a good man, a “tireless worker,” a mentor and an outstanding coach to the baseball players saying he put in countless hours to the American Legion baseball program making an impact on young people.