Man pleads guilty for role in illegal poker games
The individual helped organize the games and recruit players
In February 2014, Brock Wedman was preparing to attend a private poker game like he had done numerous times before. On this occasion, however, he had invited along a companion to participate. After arriving at the game, Wedman determined that his companion’s demeanor was a little questionable and decided to check out his acquaintance further. His suspicions were confirmed when it was revealed that his acquaintance was an undercover police officer who was investigating organized gambling, but by then it was too late.
50-year-old Wedman was arrested for his participation in the illegal games, admitting that he helped recruit players to join the action. He also pleaded guilty to one count of concealing a felony.
Wedman also admitted that he and two Wichita police officers, Bruce Mackey and Michael Zaijkowski, conspired to figure out the identity of Wedman’s acquaintance. He had passed the license plate number of the acquaintance to the officers so that they could use the police force’s computer to determine the identity.
According to a statement from U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister, “Wedman did not know it, but a man he invited to play was a Wichita Police Department officer working undercover to investigate organized gambling. When Wedman became suspicious, he found the undercover officer’s car and took down the license plate and VIN numbers.” The officers then used the information and determined that the vehicle was, in fact, registered to the city of Wichita and belonged to the Wichita Police Department.
As a result of his plea deal, Wedman is expected to serve a year on federal probation. He will be sentenced on August 1.