Wichita businessman Steven the subject of FBI investigation

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell says indictments in a lengthy FBI investigation are expected to come down in the next few weeks. KAKE News learned Tuesday the investigation involves Wichita businessman Brandon Steven and, according to sources, at least two Wichita police officers.

Steven told KAKE News about the FBI investigation, "I'm aware of the broad nature of this inquiry. As you know and everybody knows, I play high-stakes poker. And from what we understand, they are looking into my poker and my involvement with Castle Rock Casino."

Steven is a prominent Wichita businessman. He and other investors have been pushing to open a casino in southeast Kansas. But a state board rejected the Castle Rock proposal in 2015, approving a proposal for Kansas Crossing instead. Attorneys for Castle Rock have challenged that decision in court.

Sources tell KAKE News the FBI raided several homes in Wichita during its investigation. An FBI spokesperson won't say what the investigation involves, but confirmed agents were in the city last week .

Longwell said he's been briefed about the inquiry by the Wichita Police Department, adding indictments are expected soon. 

Sources also tell KAKE News two Wichita police officers are also under scrutiny for a possible role in the case. We contacted police for comment Tuesday. Within an hour, Chief Gordon Ramsay posted a video on the department's Facebook page saying two officers have been placed on administrative review due to an investigation by "another law enforcement agency."

Ramsay would not confirm what the investigation involves or if its connected to the FBI.

KAKE News also confirmed Wednesday that some of former Senator Michael O'Donnell's phone calls were intercepted by investigators. The communications that were intercepted were between June 3 and July 1, 2015, as stated in the below letter from the U.S. Attorney's Office. O'Donnell is now a Sedgwick County Commissioner. 


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Wichita businessman Brandon Steven is the subject of a FBI investigation into illegal gambling, multiple sources have told KAKE News. Several off-duty Wichita Police officers are also being investigated as part of the criminal probe.

Sources said possible illegal activities are being investigated at different locations around the city.  The FBI has seized property from Steven.  Some Wichita Police officers have been suspended with pay during the investigation.

Mayor Jeff Longwell told KAKE News the investigation has been going on in Wichita for at least two years.  Longwell added it could lead to a number of federal charges in the next two weeks.  

The FBI has only said it has had agents in Wichita conducting official business. 

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