Top Adidas Marketer Found Guilty of Fraud in College Basketball Corruption Scandal

James Gatto was accused of paying players to attend brand-sponsored schools

A marketing executive for Adidas has been found guilty of fraud in a scheme involving top high school basketball players. Adidas

Adidas’ head of global sports marketing, James Gatto, has been found guilty of fraud by a federal jury in Manhattan following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice into the company’s alleged practice of making payments to high school basketball players and their families to encourage the players to attend schools where Adidas is a sponsor, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.

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@KristinaMonllos Kristina Monllos is a senior editor for Adweek.