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A jury on Wednesday convicted the three defendants accused of pay-for-play schemes to influence high-profile basketball recruits to attend Kansas, Louisville and NC State.

Adidas employee James Gatto, former Adidas consultant Merl Code and former runner for NBA agent Andy Miller, Christian Dawkins, were found guilty on felony charges of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud after a three-week criminal trial in federal court in New York.

"Today's convictions expose an underground culture of illicit payments, deception and corruption in the world of college basketball," U.S. Attorney Robert S. Khuzami said in a statement. "These defendants now stand convicted of not simply flouting the rules but breaking the law for their own personal gain.

The jury of eight women and four men deliberated more than 19 hours over three days before reaching a verdict Wednesday afternoon.

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