A former Cherokee County deputy has pleaded guilty to seizing illegal gambling machines and then re-selling them.
Federal prosecutors announced the guilty plea by 37-year-old Michael Parker on Wednesday. He had been charged with converting property of another for his own use after he admitted seizing the machines from several businesses and not telling his superiors. He then distributed the machines for his own personal financial benefit, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Investigators say they discovered the scheme when Gaffney police officers found illegal gambling machines while investigating a burglary. The owners told detectives at the time that they bought the machines from Parker. Sheriff Steve Mueller fired Parker in August 2012 after learning about the allegations. He had been a deputy for 14 years at the time.
Parker faces up to 10 years in prison and a possible $250,000 fine when he is sentenced at a later date.