Wichita businessman pleads guilty, sentenced in gambling case


WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A prominent Wichita businessman pleaded guilty and was sentenced for his role in concealing the transfer of betting information from illegal poker games.

The case against 45-year-old Brandon Steven was unsealed Tuesday just hours before his hearing in federal court.

During the hearing, Steven pleaded guilty to one count of being an accessory after the fact to the unlawful transmission of wagering information. In his plea, Steven admitted he acted in cooperation with co-defendant Daven Flax, who was conducting illegal private poker games. Participants were notified via text messaging about the games. The texts also contained information about payments or collections of money. After games, Steven concealed the involvement of Flax and others by hiding handwritten ledgers or computerized records detailing gambling credits, earnings and obligations of the gambling business.

Steven sentenced to three years probation, agreed to pay $1,095,000 and complete 200 hours of community service.

Steven and his brother are partners in health clubs, auto dealerships and other enterprises.

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