Wichita Bookie Sentenced as Part of Illegal Gambling Probe

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WICHITA, Kan. (Associated Press) — An admitted bookie in an illegal gambling ring in Wichita will serve two years of probation for his crimes.

The Wichita Eagle reports 65-year-old Daniel Dreese was sentenced Thursday for two counts of making false statements on income tax returns. He admitted making hundreds of thousands of dollars from illegal bookmaking between 2010 and 2012.

Dreese was also ordered to pay $214,540 in restitution and banned from gambling.

Dreese is the first person to be sentenced who was investigated as part of a federal gambling probe. At least seven other people were charged for running or taking part in illegal poker games in Wichita, bookmaking and tax-related crimes. Some are law enforcement officers and one is a tennis coach who worked at Wichita schools.

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