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Donaghy Pleads Guilty in NBA Betting Scandal

Former referee says he was paid for picking winners correctly
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Aug 15, 2007 2:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – Former NBA referee Tim Donaghy admitted to betting on games he officiated and pleaded guilty today to two gambling-related felony counts. Donaghy, who turned himself in, told a Brooklyn judge he divulged game information and his picks on NBA games to gambling associates; he was paid for correctly choosing winning teams.

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Donaghy, who resigned in July after 13 NBA seasons, did not say which games he bet on and how much money was wagered. Two other men, one a high-school classmate of Donaghy's and convicted bookmaker, were also set to be arraigned; Donaghy's lawyer would not say if the ex-ref was cooperating with federal investigators. (Read more Tim Donaghy stories.)

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