Scammer solstice

By MATT TAIBBI  |  June 17, 2009

It was reported last week that Donaghy — who is serving a 15-month sentence in Pensacola, Florida, for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and transmitting betting information via interstate commerce — was attacked in prison this past November by a fellow inmate who claimed to have ties to the New York mob. The inmate hit Donaghy in the knee with a "paint-rolling stick," according to a spokesman for a prisoners' advocacy company, who added that "verbally, there was a comment made that they were going to shoot him in the head and break his kneecaps."

Donaghy is in jail because he took thousands of dollars from underworld interests in exchange for tips on games, including games he worked. Now the people he informed on are probably pissed.

Just say no when it comes to professional gambling, kids. Maybe do heroin instead.

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