Former Wichita police officer pleads guilty to protecting illegal poker games

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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – 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. 

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. 

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