Ian Pike 4 p.m., March 9
Former USD Players, Assistant Coach Indicted for Point Shaving
Two former University of San Diego basketball players and a former assistant coach have been indicted on allegations of participating in a point-shaving ring to rake in bundles of money on sports gambling. The indictment was unsealed by the U.S. Attorney's office this morning (April 11). Former USD player Brandon Johnson was charged with taking a bribe to influence the outcome of a USD game in February of last year. According to the indictment, in February of this year, former USD player Brandon Dowdy solicited an individual to affect the outcome of a game for a monetary bribe. Allegedly, former assistant coach Thaddeus Brown and Dowdy discussed soliciting an individual to affect the outcome of a basketball game for a monetary bribe. According to the indictment, ten people, including the three formerly attached to USD, participated in the scheme to make money gambling on games. They were also charged with distributing marijuana. The other defendants are Steve Warda "Shazy" Goria, Paul Joseph "Weenie" Thweni, Richard Francis "Bird" Garmo, Richard "Slick Rick" Thweni, David "Big Dave" Gates, Lillian Goria, and Jake Salter.