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Former deputy sheriff pleads guilty to seizing and distributing gambling machines

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

A former Cherokee County deputy sheriff plead guilty Wednesday to using illegal poker machines to benefit financially.

U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles said 37-year-old Michael Todd 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.

Parker was fired from the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office in 2012.

The charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment, $250,000 fine, and 3 years of supervised release, Nettles said.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Cherokee County Sheriff's Office and the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED).

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