Mike Rush

Mike Rush

5 on Your Side’s Mike Rush is either brave or stupid. People frequently slam doors in his face, call him nasty names and even throw his microphone, but Mike just keeps coming. His wife calls Mike a junkyard dog, because once he latches onto something, he doesn't let go. That might be an issue now and then when it comes to marital bliss, but in Mike's role as your 5 on Your Side investigative reporter, it's a good thing. Those people cursing and slamming things are usually doing something wrong that Mike wants to right. So if you're the victim of a scam, know of taxpayer waste, government corruption or another problem you'd like the junkyard dog to sink his teeth into, drop Mike a line. By the way, Mike himself is leaning toward stupid.

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Stories by Mike Rush

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Man says fantasy football site "DraftKings" kept his money

Man says fantasy football site "DraftKings" kept his money
A Lake St. Louis man just looking to have some fun with fantasy football is instead facing a hard reality.
He may be out 100 bucks!

Dave Walters' problem has the back drop of a national debate and federal investigation.

He used the popular website "DraftKings." While the FBI looks into accusations of insider trading and states try to decide if fantasy football sites are legal, Walters wonders if he's been lost in the shuffle.

For Walters, "DraftKings" was just a way to put some know-it-alls in their place.
"My grandsons and both my sons were always arguing about who knows more about football," he said.

So Walters decided to let them hash it out by competing against thousands of other people on the online fantasy football site.

"I was going to give them a little piece of humble pie because God knows they give it to me every day," he said.

He signed up, put one hundred dollars down and hoped his picks would lead to payouts. Instead, the plumber encountered a cyber-clog he couldn't fix.

"I went to set up a league with my one grandson and it wouldn't let us on," he said.

The site, he says, kept telling him his password was wrong. He says it wasn't and reached out to "DraftKings" for help.

That was more than a month ago. "There's the last, I guess, last four or five messages that I got, all basically saying the same thing."

All he gets is generic e-mails, no help, no answers and no refund.

"DrafKings" and its competitor "FanDuel" have been occupied. The FBI is investigating after a controversy erupted about possible insider trading by employees betting on the other's sites.

Several states are also looking into the legality of the sites.
Walters is worried his cash may be gone for good.

"They're kind of taking the money and running. Well, it looks like it. I shouldn't say that for sure but it's starting to look that way," he said.

Five on Your Side's Mike Rush reached out to "DraftKings" to try to get the status of Walters' account. He's still waiting for a response.

Meanwhile, Nevada, determining the fantasy football sites are a form of gambling, barred the use of them in the state.

Illinois is also looking into it.

A spokesperson for the Missouri Attorney General's Office