Brooklyn man arrested in sports betting scheme with banned NBA player Jontay Porter


A Brooklyn man has been arrested in connection with an alleged illegal sports betting scheme involving former Raptors player Jontay Porter, who received a lifetime ban from the NBA for his actions.

After allegedly racking up large gambling debts to co-conspirators in the scheme, Porter was encouraged to clear his debts by exiting NBA games early to make sure the bets hits.

38-year-old Long Phi “Bruce” Pham was arrested at JFK Airport in New York on Monday as he tried to board a flight to Australia on a one-way ticket, the criminal complaint filed in a Brooklyn court said.

Before a Raptors vs Clippers game on January 26, prosecutors said Porter informed Pham he would exit the game early and say he was injured.

With this information, Pham placed bets on Porter and won $40,250.

24-year-old Porter communicated with Pham and others in a Telegram chat to tell them before another game on March 20 against the Kings that he would pretend to be sick to leave early.

Pham and others allegedly agreed to share profits from their winnings with Porter before placing bets on him  at a casino in Atlantic City.

Pham and his co-conspirators took home over $1 million in total profits from all the bets, the United States Attorney’s Office says.

“Whether on the court or in the casino, every point matters,” United States Attorney Breon Peace said in a statement. “As alleged, the defendant and his co-conspirators, as well as an NBA player, participated in a brazen, illegal betting scheme that had a corrupting influence on two games and numerous bets.