Prison for Defendant in USD Betting Scheme

By R. Stickney
|  Friday, Oct 12, 2012  |  Updated 2:12 PM PDT
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Former USD Athletes, Coach Tied to Bribery Sting

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Who Are the USD Scandal Suspects?

New details were revealed Tuesday about several defendants accused of bribing players, fixing games and distributing drugs.

Former USD Athletes, Coach Tied to Bribery Sting

10 defendants allegedly conspired to bribe basketball players to alter the outcome of games so the defendants could profit by betting on games at Las Vegas casinos, according to the indictment.
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A San Diego man, who pleaded guilty to bribing a University of San Diego basketball player, was sentenced to 30 months in prison Friday.

Steve Goria admitted to being part of a bribery scheme to get USD's all-time leading scorer to fix games and then profit from them prosecutors said.

Goria also admitted to meeting with another USD player and offering him a bribe.

Defendants include former USD assistant coach Thaddeus Brown, 32, and two former players including Brandon Johnson, the school's leader in several key categories and Brandon Dowdy, who played during the 2006-2007 season.

Paul Thweni, Richard Garmo, Richard Thweni, David Gates, Lilian Goria and Jake Salter were also named in the original indictment.

The alleged crimes affected the 2009 to 2010 season.

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