Jay Vincent Pleads Not Guilty But Plea Deal Looms

Court filings show a plea bargain is in the works for ex-Michigan State basketball star and retired NBA player Jay Vincent, who’s charged in a $2 million Internet scam.

Vincent pleaded not guilty Tuesday to fraud and tax charges in federal court in Grand Rapids. But a judge also set a Sept. 28 hearing for him to change his plea.

The U.S. attorney’s office declined comment. A request for comment was left for Vincent lawyer Charles Ford.

Vincent and an associate are accused of defrauding people by charging them to become certified as home inspectors.

He and Magic Johnson played on the 1979 Michigan State national championship team. Vincent played for Dallas, Washington, Denver, San Antonio, the Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia in the NBA.
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