Wichita man given probation for running gambling business

April 25, 2019 - 8:24 pm

A Wichita man was sentenced to two years of supervised probation and ordered to forfeit more than $1.6 million in cash for operating a gambling business.

U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said in a news release that Danny Chapman, 68, was also ordered on Thursday to forfeit cars, jewelry and other items.

Chapman pleaded guilty to tax evasion and operating an illegal gambling business.

In his plea, Chapman admitted he was a sports bookmaker in the Wichita area, with at least five people working for him.

Chapman and subordinates kept part of the money they collected from bettors. Prosecutors say the operation grossed as much as $2,000 in a single day.

Chapman also admitted he didn't pay almost $345,000 in federal income taxes on money he made from the gambling operation.

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