Former WPD officers, retired KHP trooper among four pleading not guilty in FBI gambling investigation

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Two former WPD officers and a retired KHP trooper are among four men who pleaded not guilty to charges in connection to an FBI investigation into illegal gambling in Wichita.

Former Wichita Police officers Bruce Mackey and Michael Zajkowski are charged with one count of obstructing state or local law enforcement. The federal complaint says during an illegal poker game, there was suspicion an undercover officer was present. The complaint says Mackey and Zajkowski used police resources to try to determine who owned a vehicle in question.

Retired Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Michael Frederiksen is charged with two counts of making false statements to the FBI. The federal complaint says while Frederiksen was a KHP trooper, he was caught on video taking part in an illegal poker game. The complaint says he made false statements to the FBI about his involvement.

Brock Wedman was also in federal court Friday. A federal indictment says he and a co-conspirator sponsored an illegal poker game in Wichita in 2014. He's charged with obstructing law enforcement and lying to the FBI about the incident.

All four men pleaded not guilty in federal court Friday to their charges. The US Attorney's Office says that's the only option for a plea at this stage of the case. The men can change their pleas in future hearings if they wish.

All four men are released on a $5,000 unsecured bond meaning they cannot violate any laws and have to show up to future court dates. They had to turn over passports as well and cannot leave the country.

In court Friday, all four men said they understood the charges against them.

If convicted, the Assistant US Attorney said in court each charge could render up to 5 years in prison, up to a $250,000 fine, up to 3 years of supervision and a special assessment of $100 to be paid to the crime victims fund.

The men are all charged in relation to an FBI investigation into illegal gambling and public corruption in Wichita that started in 2011, according to an unsealed federal indictment.