Adidas Fixer Avoids Prison As NY Judge Credits Cooperation

Law360, New York (September 10, 2019, 5:32 PM EDT) -- A Massachusetts man who worked as a fixer giving cash to young basketball standouts so they would pick colleges sponsored by Adidas avoided prison Tuesday as a Manhattan federal judge credited his "essential" cooperation in the feds' crackdown on dirty money in the NCAA.

T.J. Gassnola, 47, was sentenced to a year of probation, including two months of home confinement, and ordered to make restitution of $342,000 by U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan.

"This sentence reflects the considerable value of Mr. Gassnola's cooperation with the government," Judge Kaplan said at the end of a quick hearing.

Gassnola's 2018 testimony at the...

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