Former NBA Player Jontay Porter Faces Federal Charges in Betting Scandal

Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn have filed a “criminal information sheet” against former NBA player Jontay Porter, who was suspended for life after his involvement in a betting scandal. The filing on July 2 signals that Porter will be charged with a federal felony for his role in the scandal. However, the document does not specify the exact charges or court date.

In April, an NBA investigation revealed that Porter provided bettors with insider information about potential injuries he might have been dealing with. He also claimed illness to leave at least one game, enabling those who bet on his underperformance to win. Moreover, Porter placed bets on NBA games he did not participate in, including betting against his own team.

Jeff Jensen, Porter’s lawyer, did not respond to voice and email messages sent on July 3. In June, Jensen stated that Porter was “in over his head due to a gambling addiction” but was receiving treatment and cooperating with law enforcement.

Co-Conspirators and Legal Consequences

Porter was allegedly pressured by co-conspirators to leave NBA games early to pay off accumulated debt. The co-conspirators, identified as Long Phi Pham, Timothy McCormack, Mahmud Mollah, and Ammar Awawdeh, are currently facing charges related to defrauding a sports betting company due to their alleged involvement in the scheme.

Given that the charges were delivered through an information document rather than an indictment, Porter is expected to plead guilty to the federal charges.

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