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Former Cop Pleads Guilty To Seizing, Then Selling, Illegal Gambling Machines

Ex-Deputy Sheriff In South Carolina Took Machines, Sold For Profit


A former Columbia, SC, deputy sheriff pleaded guilty on Wednesday to seizing illegal electronic gambling machines and then selling them for his personal gain, instead of turning them in as contraband.

According to, Michael Parker, 37, is facing up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced “at a later date.”

U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles said Parker “corruptly seized a number of illegal poker machines from local businesses and then redistributed the same illegal poker machines from which he personally benefited financially” between 2010 and 2012.

Authorities claim they uncovered the scheme when local police officers investigating a burglary came across the illegal machines and the owners told law enforcement they purchased the machines from Parker.

Parker was fired in August 2012 after 14 years of duty, following the discovery by investigators.

Parker could also be slapped with a $250,000 fine, in addition to the maximum 10-year prison sentence. Originally, the charges of corruption carried a possible 30-year sentence.



almost 7 years ago

maximum 10 years?....that douche bag should get a minimum 10 years in prison......periods of incarceration should double if the person was a trusted public official.