DETROIT -- Philadelphia 76ers player and former Michigan
star Chris Webber was ordered to pay a $100,000 fine Wednesday,
nearly two years after he pleaded guilty to a federal criminal
contempt charge in the University of Michigan booster scandal.
U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds fined Webber the maximum
allowed after she ruled that Webber's conviction should be treated
as a misdemeanor rather than a felony, the U.S. Attorney's office
The judge also noted Webber's completion of 330 hours of
community service and out-of-pocket expenses of more than $78,000.
In September 2003, Edmunds ordered Webber to perform 300 hours
of the community service over the next two summers as a condition
of his bond, saying she would decide whether to treat the crime as
a felony or a misdemeanor in two years.
Messages were left late Wednesday afternoon for Webber's
attorney, Steven Fishman, and the U.S. Attorney's office in
Webber pleaded guilty to the criminal contempt charge in July
2003, a day before jury selection was scheduled to start for his
trial on a perjury charge.
Webber and his father, Mayce Webber Jr., were accused of lying
about money authorities say the player received from ex-booster Ed
Martin. The maximum penalty would have been five years in prison
and a $250,000 fine.
A day after Webber's plea, the charges against his father were
dropped for "weak or inadmissible sufficient evidence," according
to a court order.
In his plea, Webber admitted lying to the grand jury on Aug. 2,
2000, in saying he did not recall giving money to Martin. Webber
acknowledged in the plea that in 1994 he gave Martin about $38,000
in cash as partial repayment for expenditures Martin made on his
Martin, who died in February 2003 at age 69, pleaded guilty in
2002 to conspiracy to launder money and told federal prosecutors he
took gambling money, combined it with other funds and lent $616,000
to Webber and three other Michigan players.