An El Cajon man has pleaded guilty to federal charges that he was part of a betting ring involving the University of San Diego's basketball team.
Richard Thweni, 26, pleaded guilty Thursday in San Diego to conspiracy to commit sports bribery, conduct an illegal gambling business and distribute marijuana.
Thweni faces up to five years in prison at sentencing in August.
As part of the plea agreement, Thweni admitted to operating a sports book between January 2009 and April 2011, and trying to collect an outstanding gambling debt.
The indicment lists 10 defendants including former USD assistant coach Thaddeus Brown, 32, and two former players including Brandon Johnson, 24, the school's leader in several key categories and Brandon Dowdy, 22, who played during the 2006-2007 season.
Prosecutors said Johnson was recruited to throw games as part of the scheme.
Operation “Hook Shot” was a one-year investigation that at first focused on marijuana but soon expanded once the allegations of bribery and sports betting were uncovered.