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Former Wichita Police Officer Pleads Guilty, Admits He Knew About Illegal Gambling

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Kansas

WICHITA, KAN. – A former Wichita police officer pleaded guilty today and admitted he knew about illegal poker games, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.

Bruce Mackey, 46, Goddard, Kan., 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 individuals 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 set for Oct. 26. He 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. Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Smith and Assistant U.S. Attorney Mona Furst are prosecuting.

Updated August 8, 2018