Tim Donaghy, the
rouge NBA ref, pleads guilty in betting scandal
The former NBA referee Tim
Donaghy pleaded guilty on Wednesday to two felonies for illegal
Donaghy, the rouge NBA ref, submitted a guilty plea today to two
felonies, conspiracy to engage in wire fraud and transmitting
waging information through interstate commerce, stemming from
illegal betting on NBA games. Donaghy could spend up to 25 years
behind bars and will pay $500,000 in fines. He will be sentenced
in a later date, not yet made public.
Tim Donaghy will also provide
information about his bookies, which will not be made public and
would help the investigators in helping to net some of the
underground bookmaking operations. Two other defendants in the
case, James Battista and Thomas Marino, are scheduled to
surrender to the FBI today.
The former NBA referee hasn't been
accused of fixing games and according to the prosecution, he was
providing "picks" on the upcoming games, and would be paid if
his information is correct. Tim Donaghy also provided insider
information to the illegal betting ring about player injuries
and officials assigned to the upcoming NBA games. "I was in a
unique position to predict the outcome of NBA games. Some of my
picks included games I had been assigned to referee," Donaghy
told the judge.
Tim Donaghy resigned on July 9th after
13 years as an NBA referee.
Published on 08/15/2007