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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Carolina

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Former Deputy Sheriff Pleads Guilty to Seizing and Distributing Gambling Machines

Contac Persont: Carrie Fisher (864) 282-2100

Columbia, South Carolina ----- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Michael Todd Parker (37) of Cherokee County, South Carolina, pled guilty to one count of violating 18 U.S.C. § 666.   Parker is a former deputy sheriff of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office (“CCSO”).  Between 2010 and 2012, Parker corruptly seized a number of illegal poker machines from local businesses and then redistributed the same illegal poker machines from which he personally benefitted financially.  Parker was terminated from the CCSO in 2012.  The charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment, $250,000 fine, and 3 years of supervised release.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, and the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Carrie Fisher Sherard.

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