A 53-year-old retired Kansas Highway Patrol trooper was sentenced Monday to a year on federal probation after he lied to the FBI during an investigation into illegal gambling in Wichita.
The District of Kansas' U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister made the announcement on Monday afternoon in a news release.
Michael Frederiksen, 53, of Derby, was convicted in a jury trial in May of one count of making false statements to FBI investigators, where he downplayed his involvement in an illegal cash poker game and his relationship with the operator of the poker game.
At trial, prosecutors presented evidence that in 2014, while Frederiksen was still a trooper, he was filmed taking part in the illegal poker game. On Feb. 23, 2017, the FBI interviewed him as part of their investigation into illegal gambling businesses in Wichita.
Video was obtained by the FBI of the former trooper playing in the illegal poker game on Feb. 12, 2014, at 922 1/2 E. Douglas in the Old Town district of Wichita.
McAllister said the location had poker tables, a cabinet for valuables and poker chips, video surveillance equipment, liquor and snacks.
In addition to dealers, other staff at the location included a food server and a waitress serving drinks and giving massages to players.
Authorities said an undercover investigator was at the game posing as a gambler.