What could be the final arrest was made today in the Tulane University basketball point-shaving case as the state's investigation of the alleged scheme appeared to be winding down.
Craig Bourgeois, 23, surrendered voluntarily to the Orleans Parish district attorney's office at 8:30 a.m. Bourgeois, the eighth person arrested, was charged with five counts of sports bribery and one count of conspiracy to commit sports bribery.
Orleans Parish District Attorney Harry Connick said his investigation was concluding on the state level and he did not expect more arrests. He said he would be prepared to ask for indictments when the parish (county) grand jury meets Thursday.
Connick said his office is now working with the FBI to investigate any interstate violations of gambling laws.
The office of U.S. Attorney John Volz has been conducting a separate investigation of the case for any interstate violations of sports gambling laws. Monday, Volz had said there was no communication between his office and Connick's.
It still is unclear whether authorities believe the alleged point-shaving operation might have extended beyond campus.
"I'm not saying what is or isn't a matter for the DA's office," Volz said. "There are federal sports bribery laws, and we would not be performing our function if we ignored any signs."
Bourgeois is the second nonstudent arrested in connection with the alleged scheme to affect point spreads so as to win by less than or lose by more than the established betting line. The others arrested are three players on the Tulane basketball team, three other students and a convicted gambler.
Connick's office granted immunity to two players, Clyde Eads and Jon Johnson, for their testimony before last week's grand jury. Two of the arrested players, John Williams and Bobby Thompson, reportedly gave statements implicating themselves in the scheme.
According to the New Orleans Times Picayune, Thompson told prosecutors he received $5,000 through Roland Ruiz, the convicted gambler also arrested, and shared the money with teammates. Thompson, who reportedly made the statement the day after his arrest, also is said to have told prosecutors he received the money through a middleman as part of a scam to shave points in a game against Memphis State, one of two games the investigation is known to concern.
The $5,000 was in addition to $18,000 allegedly distributed to players as payment for shaving points.
Connick would not comment on the reports or Bourgeois' alleged role.
The players arrested and charged with two counts each of sports bribery are 6-foot-9 center Willams, 23, and guards Thompson, 21, and David Dominique, 21.
Student Gary Kranz, 21, of New Rochelle, N.Y., is charged with two counts of sports bribery and one count each of possessing and distributing cocaine. David Rothenberg of Wilton, Conn., is charged with one count each of conspiracy to commit sports bribery and sports bribery.
The two games specified are a 64-63 victory over Southern Mississippi and a 60-49 loss to Memphis State. Tulane was favored by 10 1/2 points over Southern Mississippi and was a four-point underdog to Memphis State.