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Local Businessman Subject Of Inquiry

Wichita businessman Brandon Steven says he's the subject of a federal inquiry into poker, 
and his involvement in trying to open a casino in Kansas.

Letters from the U.S. Attorney's office were delivered Tuesday to a Wichita Eagle staff 
member's residence and the Wichita Eagle saying that phone communications with Steven 
was intercepted under federal law last year.

One letter, dated February 1st stated "this notice does not mean you are being charged in
court with anything. This is simply a notice the law requires we send you."

It was signed by U.S. Assistant Attorney Aaron Smith. 

Steven, who is a partner in Genesis, car, and other businesses, says he's aware of the
broad nature of the inquiry.

He and a team Wichita investors tried unsuccessfully to win a state bid to build the 
Castle Rock Casino in Southeast Kansas.

He says he's attained council, and will fully cooperate.

"As you and everybody knows, I play high-stakes poker. And from what we understand, they are looking into my poker involvement with the Castle Rock Casino" he said.

02/15/2017 12:01AM
Local Businessman Subject Of Inquiry
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