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District of Kansas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Former Wichita Policeman Pleads Guilty To Protecting Illegal Poker Games

WICHITA, KAN. – A former Wichita police officer pleaded guilty Tuesday to looking the other way for years while co-defendants made a business of operating illegal private poker games, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.

Michael Zajkowski, 51, pleaded guilty to one count of concealing a felony. In his plea, he admitted he knew about illegal private poker games in Wichita and he did not report it to authorities. On Feb. 12, 2014, one of the co-defendants suspected an undercover Wichita police officer had come to a poker game posing as a gambler. At the co-defendant’s request, Zajkowski attempted to find out whether there was a police investigation and provided information to the co-defendant.

Sentencing is set for Aug. 2. Both parties have agreed to recommend Zajkowski serve a year on federal probation. McAllister commended the FBI, the Wichita Police Department, Assistant U.S. Attorney Mona Furst and Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Smith for their work on the case.

Updated April 16, 2019