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Who’s been charged in federal probe into illegal gambling in Wichita

A former Kansas Highway Patrol trooper lied to the FBI in its investigation of illegal gambling around Wichita, a jury found.
A former Kansas Highway Patrol trooper lied to the FBI in its investigation of illegal gambling around Wichita, a jury found. Special to The Wichita Eagle

Two former Wichita cops, one former Highway Patrol trooper, a bookie and two people who authorities say ran illegal poker games have been charged in a federal investigation into illegal gambling in Wichita that dates back to Nov. 2011.

Here is who has pleaded guilty or been charged as of Thursday:

Danny Chapman, 67, a bookie, who pleaded guilty to operating an illegal gambling business and tax evasion on Jan. 12. Federal agents have confiscated about $1.5 million in cash, jewelry, and 10 vehicles, include two Porches, from Chapman. Chapman earned about $2,000 a day from his sports betting operation, according to the plea agreement.

Daven Flax, 46, also known as Smoke, according to an affidavit by an FBI agent. Flax ran illegal poker games for an unidentified individual or individuals. His job was to pay dealers, waitresses and caterers and to rent the businesses where the games were held. He also worked as a bookie for Chapman. He pleaded guilty Jan. 12 to running an illegal gambling business and making a false statement on a tax return.

Michael Zajkowski, 50, a former Wichita police officer, who is accused of using police resources to look up a license tag and identify an undercover vice officer who was investigating illegal poker games. He is charged with obstructing a criminal investigation.

Bruce Mackey, 45, of Goddard, a Wichita police officer, who is also accused of using police resources to identify an undercover vice officer who was investigating illegal poker games. The U.S. Attorney’s Office identified Mackey Thursday afternoon as a police officer. The Wichita Police Department later identified him as a former police officer. Mackey is charged with obstructing a criminal investigation.

Brock Wedman, 48 of St. Mary’s, who, along with an unindicted co-conspirator, is accused of running an illegal gambling business. He is accused of asking Zajkowski and Mackey to determine if an undercover vice officer had attended a Feb. 12, 2014, poker game. He is charged with obstruction of justice and lying to the FBI.

Michael Frederiksen, 52, of Derby, a former Highway Patrol trooper, who is charged with lying to the FBI during an investigation into illegal gambling in Wichita. Frederiksen was filmed playing poker in an illegal game on Feb. 12, 2014, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The FBI intercepted his phone calls with Flax during a wire tap. Frederiksen later told the FBI that a second person running the games was his insurance agent. He called him 124 times in eight weeks.

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