Former Wichita officers, trooper plead not guilty in illegal gambling case

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From left: Mackey, Zajkowski, Frederiksen From left: Mackey, Zajkowski, Frederiksen

Four men, including three former law enforcement officers, have pleaded not guilty in connection to an illegal gambling case in Wichita.

Former Wichita police officers Michael Zajkowski and Bruce Mackey are charged with obstruction of law enforcement while former Kansas Highway Patrol trooper Michael Frederiksen is charged with lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

A fourth person, Brock Wedman, is charged with obstruction and lying to the FBI. 

The four men entered not guilty pleas in federal court on Friday. 

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Prosecutors say Wedman and another person operated an illegal poker game in downtown Wichita. They say the officers used police resources to determine if one of the poker players was an undercover officer.

Each faces a $250,000 dollar fine and up to five years in prison.

The alleged illegal gambling was taking place in an Old Town building and had been going on since 2011. 

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