Former Michigan State, NBA Star Jay Vincent to Plead Guilty
Former Michigan State star and NBA player Jay Vincent has agreed to plead guilty to two crimes in a $2-million dollar internet scam.
The crimes Vincent has agreed to plead guilty to include mail fraud and filing a false tax return.
Prosecutors report that Vincent and an associate defrauded people by charging them to become certified home inspectors.
The 51-year-old Vincent and his associate created a scheme to swindle people into thinking their company had received large checks from banks to do the inspection work.
However, the contracts and checks Vincent and his associate showed respective clients were either altered or counterfeit.
Vincent initially entered into a not-guilty plea when he appeared in court on August 31, but the judge set a Sept. 28 hearing for him to change his plea.
He agreed to do so, and is due in federal court in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Tuesday when the 10-page deal he signed on Friday will be revisited.
The court filing he signed does not list a likely sentence for Vincent. Prosecutors have reportedly agreed to give Vincent the low end of the guidelines, which will have Vincent owe $110,000 in unpaid taxes – although that figure can be larger when his sentence is handed down, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Vincent played alongside Magic Johnson on the 1979 Michigan State national championship basketball team.
In his junior and senior seasons at Michigan State during 1980 and 1981, Vincent led the Big 10 conference in scoring. He was then drafted by the Dallas Mavericks in the 1981 NBA Draft where he played five seasons for the franchise. He ended his nine-year career playing career for numerous teams.
Vincent, who is the older brother of former Spartan, NBA player and NBA coach Sam Vincent, is only one of nine Spartan basketball players to have their jersey number retired in the rafters at the Breslin Center, the home of Michigan State basketball.