Ex-basketball coach, players indicted for fixing games

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 11, 2011 3:43 PM
Ex-basketball coach, players indicted for fixing games

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Ten people, including a former assistant coach and two former basketball players at the University of San Diego, have been indicted in connection with a scheme to fix games, federal prosecutors said on Monday.

The defendants were charged in the federal grand jury indictment, unsealed on Monday, with scheming to fix USD basketball games by bribing players and then betting on the games in Las Vegas.

All 10 defendants were charged with conspiracy to commit sports bribery, conduct an illegal gambling business and distribute marijuana.

The six-page indictment alleges that the profits from selling marijuana and betting on Toreros games were intermingled and used to fund further dealing and bribing.

Among those charged were former Toreros players Brandon Johnson and Brandon Dowdy, and assistant coach Thaddeus Brown.

The alleged conspiracy began in 2008, according to the indictment, and a defendant sought to bribe players as late as March of this year.

The University of San Diego is a private Catholic college with about 7,800 full-time students. It competes at the Division 1 level of NCAA.

(Reporting by Marty Graham; Editing by Dan Whitcomb and Jerry Norton)