An undercover investigation into an alleged betting pool involving a South Florida youth football league has uncovered shocking details about the group’s payment policies. According to an undercover officer, team coaches placed bets on their players. Some even paid them performance and recruitment bonuses.
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Some of the players involved in the betting are as young as 9-years-old. Nine coaches in total are suspected in the ring. All deny wrongdoing.
“It’s just so unfortunate for the kids involved because most of them don’t have any idea,” the officer told WSVN.com. “They just want to be part of something. They just want to be a part of something positive.”
Video from last year shows two coaches from opposing teams collecting cash from the bets. This prompted the Broward Organized Crime Task Force to investigate the ring.
Brandon Bivins, the group’s suspected leader, posted bond Wednesday. His ring combined bets for as much as $100,000 on the games, according to authorities. Prior to his arrest for his role in the scheme, Bivins had a long rap sheet. His record shows nine felonies before his more recent arrest.