James Gatto, Christian Dawkins and Merl Code—who were found guilty of felony wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud in October for their part in a broad college basketball pay-for-play plot—were sentenced to prison time Tuesday.
According to Pete Brush of Law360, Gatto was sentenced to nine months, while Dawkins and Code each received six-month sentences. The judge in the case also addressed former Louisville head coach Rick Pitino:
Judge Kaplan addresses Rick Pitino, says #HoopsTrial dfdts were trying to cover Pitino's tracks "to the extent that they could" and give ex-Louisville coach "plausible deniability." — Pete Brush (@PeteBrush) March 5, 2019
Gatto previously worked for Adidas and Code was a consultant for the company, while Dawkins worked for NBA agent Andy Miller, per Mark Schlabach of ESPN.com. The three were found guilty of paying the families of college basketball prospects if the players attended schools that had apparel deals with Adidas and then signed sponsorship deals with the company upon turning pro.