On June 20, an FBI wiretap recorded a June conversation between Dawkins and Richardson, in which the two discuss a high school basketball player that Richardson was going to pay to come play for the UA, the complaint says.
Dawkins told Richardson that the group was prepared to pay him $5,000 or more per month, and that Richardson could “funnel part of the bribe money” to pay the prospective player, saying “it’s multiple ways to skin a cat,” the complaint says.
Telling Richardson to “do whatever the (expletive) you want to do with the money,” Dawkins made reference to one basketball player at UA who had already received payments, saying “we got no expenses there,” according to the complaint.
Later that day, Richardson and Sood met in New York with the undercover officers and confidential witness, during which one of the undercover officers told Richardson that their goal was “to get new kids that we can sign long term” and that they were willing to pay coaches to direct players to retain their services, the complaint says.
During the meeting, Richardson promised to steer a current UA player toward Dawkins, saying that he’d already talked to the player’s mom and cousin, according to the complaint.
Richardson told the group that he was happy to direct players toward Dawkins and Sood, saying that he had “tried to do this a certain way, and my model doesn’t work,” the complaint says.
“At the end of the day these kids, and they are kids, my job is to try to put them in the best possible situation so everyone can be solid (and) make as much money as possible,” Richardson told the group during a recorded conversation.
At the end of the meeting, Richardson took $5,000 in cash in exchange for his agreeing to direct certain UA basketball players to hire Dawkins when they joined the NBA, the complaint says.