N.C.A.A. Basketball Trial: Guilty Verdicts On Bribery Conspiracy

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A prospective agent and a former shoe company consultant were convicted Wednesday of conspiring to commit bribery in the final major case to go to trial as part of a vast federal investigation into college basketball recruiting practices.

Like the case itself, the judgment against the would-be agent, Christian Dawkins, and the former Adidas employee, Merl Code Jr., fell short of the clear outcome prosecutors had hoped to achieve. Dawkins was convicted on only two of six counts he faced, and Code on one of four.

Dawkins, 26, and Code, 45, were also convicted of fraud in a separate trial last year. Both have been sentenced to six months in prison, a term they are appealing.

It was unclear whether they would appeal Wednesday’s verdicts.

In the most recent case, Dawkins and Code were accused of scheming to pay college basketball coaches in exchange for their help in funneling players with N.B.A. potential to their nascent sports agency. And though they were found guilty of conspiracy to commit bribery (Dawkins on two counts of it), they were found not guilty of wire fraud, which suggested that the jury disagreed with the government’s contention that the universities that employed the coaches who received money were victims. Dawkins and Code were also acquitted of travel act conspiracy.

Read the original article here: nytimes.com

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