A businessman from Indiana, who also coaches youth baseball, has admitted guilt to federal charges connected to a probe into a gambling scheme on a college baseball game in the spring of last year. This admission was made in a filing on Wednesday at the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Alabama.
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The individual, Bert Eugene Neff of Marion County, Indiana, faced accusations of hindering a federal investigation. This included destroying evidence, influencing witnesses, and making false statements to the FBI, as outlined in the court documents. Neff is at risk of receiving a sentence of up to 10 years and a fine not exceeding $250,000.
Scandal also cost the job of Alabama Crimson Tide baseball coach Brad Bohannon
This case originated from unusual betting patterns noted in a game between Alabama and LSU on April 28, 2023, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The fallout from this incident led to the dismissal of Brad Bohannon, the baseball coach of the Crimson Tide, after being implicated in the betting scandal. According to information readily available on the internet, Neff had attempted to place a bet on LSU winning this game after he had been in contact with Bohannon.
Authorities indicate that Neff communicated details about a pitcher’s injury, which led to a change in the starting lineup, based on information from someone referred to as “Individual 1” in the court filings. The documents further reveal that Neff shared a screenshot of these messages with several people. In total, five individuals, including Neff, placed bets on the game, as per the documents.
The game, which LSU won 8-6, saw Alabama change its starting pitcher shortly before the match commenced.
The court documents detail that Neff advised the other bettors to erase their messaging app, through which they discussed the bets, on roughly ten different occasions. According to the timeline in the plea deal, Neff placed one bet at BetMGM and another at a FanDuel betting kiosk in Belterra Park Cincinnati.
In early October, Neff and the four other bettors involved received subpoenas from a grand jury, the documents state.
As a consequence of his involvement in this betting scandal, Neff has been barred from gambling establishments in both Indiana and Ohio. He has notified the Ohio Casino Control Commission of his intention to challenge this ban.
Since his dismissal in early May, Bohannon has not made any public statements about the incident.