Democratic Mayor Agrees to Plead Guilty to Illegal Gambling Charge


Former Mayor of South Pittsburg Mike Killian was charged by federal authorities with illegal gambling. Killian agreed to plead guilty to the charge and forfeit all the money and property seized in a raid, according to the Chattanoogan.

Mike Killian faces up to five years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 or twice the amount of the pecuniary gain.

The complaint says from 2004 to January 2013, Mike Killian managed an illegal gambling operation with revenues of as much as $2,000 per day. Some of the gambling started as early as 1988.

The operation included video gambling, sports betting and an “outlaw” lottery – all of which violate state law, it was stated.

The complaint says the “outlaw” lottery involved placing illegal bets on legal state lotteries.

Over $35,000 was seized in the raid as well as desktop and laptop computers.

Mike Killian is the brother of U.S. attorney Bill Killian.