Tuesday, October 20, 2020

N.Y. man pleads guilty in NCAA match-fixing scheme

-

A New York man pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to charges that he attempted to bribe a college basketball player to fix a Division 1 game in December 2018.

Benjamin Bifalco, now 25, of Staten Island, N.Y., devised a “scheme to fix an NCAA college basketball game,” federal prosecutors said.

The indictment against Bifalco was unsealed in September. The next month the Department of Justice announced that he was among 20 defendants arrested and charged on various offenses, including attempted sports bribery and indictments against 11 members and associates of the Colombo organized crime family.

FBI wiretaps captured the scheme to fix the NCAA basketball game, and Bifalco allegedly offered members of a college basketball team thousands of dollars to intentionally lose the game, a DOJ statement said.

- Advertisement -

Bifalco’s attorney Vincent Martinelli told ESPN Bifalco admitted he offered money to a player to make sure his team lost by more than the point spread, but the player did not accept the offer and it never materialized.

The name of the player and the school have not been revealed.

His sentencing is scheduled for June, Martinelli said. He could face up to five years in prison, under the statute, but prosecutors recommended six months.

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

MUST READ

Goldman to pay over $2 billion in DOJ’s 1MDB Probe

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. has reached a long-awaited pact with the U.S. Department of Justice to pay more than $2 billion for the bank’s...

Ex-managers of Security firm pleads guilty in Santa Clara County concealed gun permit bribery scandal

Two former managers of a Silicon Valley international security firm pleaded guilty Monday to charges related to a bribery scheme to obtain concealed firearms...

Ohio former House Speaker Larry Householder to stand for reelection amid bribery charges

Republican Rep. Larry Householder’s name will be on the ballot Election Day as the disgraced Ohio lawmaker intends to serve his district for another...

Billionaire Robert Smith to Pay $140 million after admitting to tax evasion

Billionaire Robert Smith will pay about $140 million and acknowledge wrongdoing to end a four-year U.S. tax investigation involving assets held in offshore tax...

Mexico’s ex-army chief arrested in US on charges of drug trafficking, money laundering

Former Mexican Defense Secretary Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos, who led the country’s armed forces for six years under then-President Enrique Peña Nieto, has been arrested...
Advertisement
Advertisement

Latest News

This Week

Texas billionaire Robert Brockman charged in $2 billion tax evasion case

Robert Brockman, the Houston billionaire and CEO of a software company, has been charged with taking $2 billion through a scheme to evade taxes,...

Spain extradites former bank CEO sentenced in Iran for corruption

Spain has extradited a fugitive former Iranian executive implicated in a large financial corruption case, in what Iran’s judiciary says is the first such...

US arrests members of international money laundering group QQAAZZ

The US Department of Justice has unsealed charges against 14 members of an international money laundering group known as QQAAZZ. US authorities said the group...

Police raids Czech Football Association, arrest vice-president in corruption probe

Czech police have detained 20 people including deputy Czech Football Association head Roman Berbr over alleged corruption and match-fixing following a nationwide raid, news...
Advertisement

Adblock Detected!

Our website is made possible by displaying online advertisements to our visitors. Please consider supporting us by whitelisting our website.

Enable Notifications    Ok No thanks