New York, New York — Tim Donaghy pleaded guilty today to a pair of felony charges in an NBA betting scandal. The former referee faces a maximum of 25 years in prison when he is sentenced for conspiracy to engage in wire fraud and transmitting wagering information through interstate commerce. He's also on the hook for more than $500,000 in fines and restitution.
Donaghy admits to providing inside information to co-conspirators about what team they should bet on, including tips on games he officiated. If the information proved to be correct, they paid him.
The judge says Donaghy had “unique access,” including what crews would officiate at games, the interaction of different officials and players, and the physical condition of certain players.
Donaghy stood ramrod-straight with his hands clasped in front of him and spoke in nearly inaudible tones as he told the judge that he is seeing a psychiatrist for his gambling addiction, and is taking an antidepressant and anxiety medication.
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