Monday, April 11, 2011

DEVELOPING: USD Coach, Players Indicted On Point-Shaving Scheme

A former University of San Diego assistant basketball coach and two former players, including the school's all-time leader in scoring and assists, are among 10 indicted in an alleged conspiracy to affect how USD games wrapped up.

A federal grand jury indicted former assistant coach Thaddeus Brown who coached at USD during the 2006-07 season, former players Brandon Johnson and Brandon Dowdy, and seven others.

The indictment alleges that Johnson took a bribe to swing a game one way in February of 2010 and tried to fix another game in January 2011.

Federal investigators called the work "Operation Hook Shot," and it evolved from a probe the FBI began a year ago into a marijuana distribution operation.

The 10 charged are accused of conspiracy to commit sports bribery, conduct an illegal gambling business and to distribute marijuana. If convicted, they each face up to five years in prison and $250,000 fines.

Nine of the 10 were arrested in the sting. One person remains at large.

Here's the latest from CBS8 in San Diego...

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