Former Wichita officer pleads guilty, admits he knew about illegal gambling

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

A former Wichita police officer pleaded guilty Wednesday and admitted he knew about illegal poker games.

U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said 46-year-old Bruce Mackey, of Goddard, pleaded guilty to one count of misprision of a felony. Mackey admitted that while he was a police officer he knew and did not report people who were conducting a gambling business.

During an illegal poker game in February 2014, Mackey told the organizers of the game that one of the gamblers was a Wichita police officer working undercover.

Sentencing is scheduled for October 26. Mackey faces a penalty of up to three years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.

The Wichita Police Department and the FBI investigated.

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