NCAA basketball scandal: 3 defendants tied to Louisville recruiting found guilty

James Gatto, Christian Dawkins and Merl Code were found guilty Wednesday on all counts in the federal college basketball trial that has played out in the past month in New York.

Each of the three defendants was charged with felony counts of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with a scheme to funnel money to the family of former University of Louisville player Brian Bowen.

Gatto, an Adidas executive, was found guilty on three counts, one relating to the University of Kansas. Dawkins, a prospective sports agent, and Code, a former Adidas employee, were found guilty on two counts.

Sentencing has been set for March 5, 2019, at 10 a.m.

A conviction on wire fraud could carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. A conviction on the conspiracy count would carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a three-year period of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

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