Wichita businessman to forfeit more than $1 million after pleading guilty to illegal gambling charge

A federal magistrate has spared a Wichita businessman prison time after he pleaded guilty for his role in concealing the transfer of betting information from illegal poker games.

Brandon Steven was sentenced Tuesday to three years of probation and 200 hours of community service.  He also forfeited nearly $1.1 million as part of a plea deal on one misdemeanor count of being an accessory after the fact to the transmission of wagering information.

Prosecutors say Steven assisted a person prevent apprehension, trial or punishment related to illegal gambling.

Defense attorney James Hobbs told the judge his client would not disappoint the court.

Steven and his brother are partners in health clubs, auto dealerships and other enterprises in Wichita.