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College Basketball

Bribe doesn't pay

Student who tried to pay off ballplayer gets jail

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Posted: Thursday June 25, 1998 09:12 PM


SANTA ANA, California (AP) -- A Cal State Fullerton student who tried to bribe a basketball player to throw a game was sentenced to a year in jail and ordered to obtain treatment for his gambling addiction.

Jack Oh, 21, an admitted compulsive gambler from La Verne, pleaded guilty to a bribery charge in April for offering Fullerton center Corey Sanders $1,000 to play poorly in a game against the University of Pacific. Sanders, who was also offered a bonus of $100 for each free throw he missed in the game, reported Oh to authorities.

North Orange County Municipal Court Judge W. Michael Hayes denied Oh's request for community service during sentencing Wednesday.

Oh was also sentenced to five years of probation, during which he must obtain treatment for his gambling addiction and is prohibited from entering any gambling establishment.

"This is the first case I know of in Orange County where a sports figure was asked to throw a game," Deputy District Attorney John Anderson said. "But for the honesty of the player, this could have become a huge scandal."


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