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Manager who embezzled from Mark Jackson sentenced

2/9/2006 - NBA

LOS ANGELES -- A business manager who embezzled $2.6 million
from former NBA player Mark Jackson was sentenced Wednesday to two
years in a halfway house.

A federal judge said she didn't send Bruce J. Breger to prison
because he was making progress in a 12-step program for his
gambling addiction and has started an Internet business with the
goal of making enough money to repay Jackson and others.

U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder noted in a previous hearing
that Jackson didn't want Breger, his former business manager,
imprisoned.

The 43-year-old Breger was ordered to pay $2.6 million in
restitution to Jackson and another $8.4 million to others. The
others include former NBA point guard Jerome Richardson, who is
owed $4 million.

Breger, who pleaded guilty in 2004 to wire fraud in the Jackson
case, was never charged with embezzling the others.