Ex-Toledo Rocket pleads guilty in bribery probe
Mon, 18 Jul 2011 20:10:17 GMT —
A former University of Toledo football player has pleaded guilty to working with a Detroit gambler accused of placing bets on football and basketball games.
Harvey "Scooter" McDougle Jr. appeared Monday in Detroit federal court. He says he accepted more than $5,000 from Ghazi "Gary" Manni in exchange for information about the Rockets in 2004-05. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to influence sports through bribery.
The 26-year-old is the third former Toledo athlete to plead guilty. Ex-football player Quinton Broussard returns to court for a guilty plea Aug. 3.
The government doesn't allege that McDougle altered his performance to suit gamblers. But it says he played a key role in recruiting basketball players to consider shaving points.
Under sentencing guidelines, McDougle likely faces up to six months in custody.
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