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Ex-Fiesta Bowl chief sentenced in scheme

A former longtime Fiesta Bowl chief executive was sentenced to 8 months in federal prison on Thursday after acknowledging that he participated in an illegal campaign contribution scheme.John Junker was sentenced after pleading guilty two years ago to a conspiracy charge in the scheme in which bowl employees made illegal campaign contributions to politicians and were reimbursed by the nonprofit bowl.Bowl employees were reimbursed at least $46,000 for campaign contributions.Junker is the only person convicted in the scandal to face time behind bar. The charge against him carried a maximum possible penalty of five years behind bars.The scandal jeopardized the bowl's NCAA license and its status as one of four bowls in the national college football championship rotation.  The Arizona bowl retained its Bowl Championship Series status at the time. The NCAA placed it on probation for a year, and the BCS fined it $1 million.The scandal also exposed the lavish spending and perks that the Fiesta ...

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