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Former Law Enforcement Officer Gets Probation In FBI Gambling Investigation

Mike Rastiello
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A former Kansas Highway Patrol trooper has been given probation for lying to the FBI during an investigation into illegal gambling in Wichita.

The U.S. Attorney’s office said Monday that Michael Frederiksen of Derby was filmed taking part in an illegal poker game in Old Town in 2014. He was interviewed by the FBI in 2017 as part of a wider probe investigating gambling businesses in Wichita.

Frederiksen was convicted last year on one count of making false statements to FBI investigators. He was sentenced to one year of probation on Monday.

Investigators have been looking into an illegal gambling business with ties to public corruption in Wichita since November 2011, according to an FBI affidavit. Investigators learned of more than five different business establishments throughout Wichita and identified numerous individuals involved with the illegal poker games.

Several people, including two former Wichita police officers, have been indicted as part of the probe.

Tom Shine is the director of news and public affairs. Follow him on Twitter @thomaspshine. To contact KMUW News or to send in a news tip, reach us at news@kmuw.org.

Tom joined KMUW in 2017 after spending 37 years with The Wichita Eagle where he held a variety of reporting and editing roles. He also is host of The Range, KMUW’s weekly show about where we live and the people who live here. Tom is a board member of the Public Media Journalists Association, a board member of the Kansas chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and an adjunct instructor in the Elliott School of Communication at Wichita State University.