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Ten people indicted in point-fixing scheme

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McClatchy Tribune
April 12, 2011
— Ten people have been named in an attempted conspiracy by gamblers to bribe players to fix basketball games at the University of San Diego and UC Riverside, according to a grand jury indictment unsealed Monday in San Diego.

Among the 10 are former University of San Diego assistant coach Thaddeus Brown and former players Brandon Dowdy and Brandon Johnson. Johnson is the school’s all-time scorer and assist maker.


The allegedly fixed games occurred in 2010 and 2011, prosecutors said. U.S. Atty. Laura Duffy declined to say how many games prosecutors believe were fixed or whether the outcomes were influenced by the alleged bribes to players.


The scheme involved gamblers fixing games so that they could make a profit by betting on those games in Las Vegas, Duffy said.


The investigation, dubbed “Hook Shot,” began a year ago as an outgrowth of a drug investigation, FBI Special Agent in Charge Keith Slotter said, adding that the gamblers were also indicted by a federal grand jury in San Diego on charges of distributing marijuana.


Johnson, a former star, was arrested in Houston on Friday and will be arraigned there. Other defendants were arrested in San Diego and will be arraigned in federal court today.



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