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College Basketball Coaches, Adidas Exec Charged In Kickback Scheme

Prosecutors said that high school athletes were bribed into playing for certain schools.

09/26/2017 11:02 EDT | Updated 09/26/2017 12:12 EDT

(Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors on Tuesday charged 10 people including four college basketball coaches and financial advisers with bribery and fraud in connection with college recruiting.

Those charged include Chuck Person, associate head coach at Auburn University; Anthony Bland, associate head coach at the University of Southern California; Lamont Evans, assistant coach at Oklahoma State University; and Emanuel Richardson, assistant coach at the University of Arizona, according to documents filed in federal court in Manhattan.

Others charged include James Gatto, director for global sports marketing for basketball at Adidas and Rashan Michel, founder and operator of a clothing company in Atlanta.

The corrupt schemes included bribes paid to high school athletes to secure their commitment to play for a particular university, prosecutors said. The charges include bribery, wire fraud and conspiracy.

(Reporting By Brendan Pierson in New York; Additional reporting by Jonathan Stempel; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Jeffrey Benkoe)