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NBA Referee Pleads Guilty To Gambling
Conspiracy and Basketball Game Betting Charges

U.S. v. Timothy ('Tim') Donaghy    
August 15, 2007

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  • $30,000 Forfeiture
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  • An NBA referee with a 13-year career pleads guilty to two felony gambling conspiracy and sports betting charges for wagering on professional basketball games and helping bookies place odds on games that he was officiating.

    Beginning in 2004 and continuing for a period of four years, "Donaghy began placing bets on NBA games, including games that he officiated." He also received cash payments from bookies in exchange for recommendations a/k/a 'picks' on upcoming basketball games, including ones where he was working as a referee.

    Donaghy agreed to forfeit $30,000 in a money judgment that was made a part of his plea.

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