March 02, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; San Diego Toreros hold up signs for forward Morgan Woodrow (22) against the Portland Pilots during the second half of the quarterfinals of the 2012 West Coast Conference Tournament at Orleans Arena. The San Diego Toreros defeated the Portland Pilots 70-60. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE
Three gamblers have admitted bribing a University of San Diego basketball player to fix games in a point-shaving scheme.
Three men have pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a scheme to fix San Diego Toreros basketball games.
Steve Goria, Richard Garmo and Paul Thweni - the three primary defendants in the wide-ranging indictment from April 2011 - quietly entered their guilty pleas earlier this month according to U-T San Diego. Each now faces up to five years in federal prison.
The three men admitted to bribing USD's all-time leading scorer, Brandon Johnson, to fix games and then profiting from them. In their plea agreements, Goria, Garmo and Thweni said they placed Las Vegas casino bets on a 2010 game after bribing Johnson. They also admitted to offering a bribe to another Torero player. Johnson then allegedly altered his performance in return for the bribes.
Johnson is still awaiting trial in his case, and his attorney, Oliver Cleary, has previously denied that his client threw that 2010 game.
In all, 10 people have been charged with running a sports betting business to fix West Coast Conference games. Of those 10, six have now entered guilty pleas.