A federal judge on Thursday ordered a man investigated during an illegal gambling probe in Wichita to serve two years of probation for his crimes, according to court records.
Daniel Dreese, 65, pleaded guilty in February to two counts of making false statements on income tax returns. He admitted to making hundreds of thousands of dollars from illegal bookmaking including receiving $89,078 from the enterprise in 2011 and $136,985 in 2012. He also didn't report $383,684 in income in 2010.
A bookmaker, or bookie, takes and pays off bets at agree-upon odds for sporting and other events.
Both counts Dreese pleaded guilty to are felonies. He is the first person to be sentenced who was investigated as part of the federal gambling probe, which included wiretapping the cell phones of then state senator Michael O'Donnell and Wichita businessman Brandon Steven. Steven told The Eagle that investigators were interested in his playing of high-stakes poker and his involvement in trying to open a casino in Kansas. Steven and O'Donnell have not been charged with any crimes.
At least seven people other than Dreese have been charged for running or taking part in illegal poker games in Wichita, bookmaking and tax-related crimes. Some are law enforcement officers; one is a tennis coach who worked at Wichita schools.
In addition to serving two years of probation, Dreese on Thursday also was ordered to pay $214,540 in restitution, court records show. He is barred from any business, profession or volunteer work where he has discretionary authority over financial matters, and he can't open new credit cards or rack up new charges without permission from his probation officer, according to court records. He also is not allowed to gamble.
District Judge Eric Melgren handed down the sentence.