University of San Diego star Brandon Johnson, now at the center of a bribery… (Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated…)
A sports bookie was sentenced Thursday to 30 months in federal prison for a conspiracy to bribe former University of San Diego basketball star Brandon Johnson.
Paul Joseph Thweni, 28, of Spring Valley pleaded guilty in San Diego federal court to a single count of conspiracy. Along with the 30 months in prison, District Judge Anthony Battaglia also sentenced him to three years' probation.
Thweni and co-defendants allegedly induced Johnson, the school's all-time leading scorer, to take bribes so that gamblers could win bets in Las Vegas. Johnson has been sentenced to six months in custody and a year's probation.
Earlier this month a former assistant basketball coach at the University of San Diego was sentenced to a year in federal prison for his role in the conspiracy.
Thaddeus Brown pleaded guilty to being the middleman between gamblers and Johnson. Prosecutors said he received $10,000 a game for three or four games during the 2009-10 season.
Nine of 10 people indicted in the scheme have pleaded guilty, officials said.
Steve Goria, who admitted making $120,000 by betting on a game between San Diego and Loyola-Marymount in 2010, was sentenced in October to 30 months in prison.
Oddsmakers had favored San Diego to win but the Toreros lost after blowing a lead.
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