CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio man has been sentenced to nearly two years in federal prison after pleading guilty to bilking four NFL players out of more than $350,000.
Prosecutors say he spent the money on a luxury SUV, sports tickets and gambling.
A federal judge in Cleveland also told Jonathan Pippin to pay back more than $358,000 and undergo addiction treatment.
Pippin apologized in court Monday while blaming his lavish lifestyle and alcoholism.
Cleveland.com reports the players who lost money are former Cleveland Browns players Chansi Stuckey and Reggie Hodges, former Browns and current Denver Broncos wide receiver Jordan Norwood and San Diego Chargers running back Danny Woodhead.
Authorities say Pippin ripped off the players in a horse-racing investment scheme. An investigation into the Logan man began in 2012.
Information from: cleveland.com, http://www.cleveland.com