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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Kansas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Defendant Forfeiting more than $1 Million And Pleading Guilty to Gambling Charge

WICHITA, KAN. - Wichita business owner Brandon Steven pleaded guilty today to a federal gambling charge and agreed to forfeit more than $1 million, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said. He was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to perform 200 hours of community service.

Steven, 45, Wichita, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of being an accessory after the fact to the unlawful transmission of wagering information. In his plea, Steven admitted he acted in cooperation with co-defendant Daven Flax, who was conducting illegal private poker games. Participants were notified via text messaging about the games. The texts also contained information about payments or collections of money. After games, Steven concealed the involvement of Flax and others by hiding handwritten ledgers or computerized records detailing gambling credits, earnings and obligations of the gambling business.

McAllister commended the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service, Assistant U.S. Attorney Mona Furst and Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Smith.

Updated June 18, 2019