Defendant's release on bond refused

BY foxsports • April 14, 2011

Federal prosecutors say one of the defendants in the University of San Diego sports bribery scandal warned a college basketball player about what would happen if he took a bribe to fix a game but didn't deliver the results.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that Assistant U.S. Attorney Harold Chun made the statement to a federal magistrate judge Thursday to keep Steve Goria in detention and deny Goria's request to be released on bond.

The judge granted the government's request.

Goria's attorney Michael Berg said no credible threats were made.

The hearing was part of a marijuana and sports bribery case in which former USD basketball star Brandon Johnson is accused of taking a bribe to influence a game for gamblers in February 2010.

Eight of the 10 people charged with running a betting ring involving the University of San Diego's basketball team have pleaded not guilty. The defendants entered their pleas in federal court Tuesday.

Johnson, who was arrested in Texas, was arraigned in federal court Monday. Remaining defendant Jake Salter is set to be arraigned Friday.

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