Former MSU, NBA player to be sentenced today

Former NBA player and Michigan State University star Jay Vincent is asking a judge to keep him out of prison so he can repay victims of a fraud scheme. The 52-year-old Vincent was scheduled to be sentenced today in federal court in Grand Rapids. He pleaded guilty to fraud and tax charges. The government said Vincent and an associate defrauded 20,000 people out of more than $1 million by charging them to become certified home inspectors.
AP Wire
Sep 2, 2011

In a court filing, prosecutors are recommending nine years in prison. Former NBA star Magic Johnson wrote a letter to the judge asking for “mercy” for Vincent. He said his former college roommate is “incredibly remorseful.”

Johnson and Vincent played on MSU’s 1979 national championship team.

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