Jay Vincent jailed ahead of Sept. 2 fraud sentence



GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Former NBA player and Michigan State star Jay Vincent has been sent to jail, five weeks before he gets his sentence in a federal fraud case.

Vincent’s bond was revoked Thursday in Grand Rapids. He’s accused of writing, or causing others to write, bad checks in a scheme to recruit players to a basketball league.

The government says Vincent is a threat to the public while he awaits sentencing on Sept. 2. Vincent pleaded guilty last year after authorities accused him of defrauding 20,000 people by charging them to become certified home inspectors.

A message seeking comment was left Friday with defense attorney Tom Clement.

Vincent and Magic Johnson played on the 1979 Michigan State national championship team. Vincent also played for six NBA teams.