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Police officers charged after allegedly trying to out undercover investigator at poker game

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WICHITA, KS (KCTV) -

Two Wichita police officers and a gambling operator tried to out an undercover investigator at a poker game, a federal indictment alleges.

Three men have been charged with obstructing a criminal investigation, according to U.S. Attorney Tom Beall.

They are:

  • 45-year-old Bruce Mackey from Goddard, Kansas, who is a Wichita police officer.
  • 50-year-old Michael Zajkowski, from Wichita, Kansas, who is no longer a Wichita police officer.
  • 48-year-old Brock Wedman from St. Marys, Kansas.

They are all charged with one count of obstructing law enforcement, but Wedman is also charged with lying to the FBI about the incident.

The indictment alleges that Wedman and a co-conspirator ran a gambling business and sponsored an illegal poker game on Feb. 12, 2014 in Wichita.

When Wedman began to suspect there was an undercover officer at the game, he wanted to know if the car the man was driving belonged to the city of Wichita.

Wedman and a co-conspirator asked Zajkowski and Mackey, both of whom were Wichita police officers at the time, for help.

Zajkowski and Macey made a series of calls and sent text messages trying to use police resources to determine who owned the car. They gave Wedman reason to believe an undercover officer was present and confirmed his car was registered to the City of Wichita and in service to the Wichita Police Department.

When the FBI interviewed Wedman in February 2017, he falsely denied he gave the co-defendants the license plate number and VIN number of the car, and asked them to find out who owned it.

Upon conviction, both counts carry a penalty of up to five years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.

The Wichita Police Department, the FBI, and the Internal Revenue Service investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Smith and Assistant U.S. Attorney Mona Furst are prosecuting.

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