Ex-Auburn point guard indicted on point-shaving charges - WRBL

Ex-Auburn point guard indicted on point-shaving charges

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AUBURN, Ala. -

Former Auburn point guard Varez Ward has been indicted on two bribery-related charges stemming from allegations he attempted to fix games while at Auburn.

U.S. Attorney George Beck said Ward was arrested on counts of bribery relating to a sports contest and conspiracy for allegedly trying to throw the Tigers' Jan. 25, 2012 game against Arkansas.

According to Beck, Ward offered to pay teammates to participate in the scheme.

Auburn lost the game, 56-53, but covered the nine-point spread. Ward played only 19 seconds in the game after injuring his leg in the first half.

After the news broke Tuesday, Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs released a statement:

"It is obviously an extremely serious situation anytime allegations of point-shaving are made," Jacobs said. "When this matter was brought to our attention in 2012, Auburn immediately reported what we knew to the FBI, the NCAA and the SEC. Since this matter is a pending criminal case, it is not appropriate for us to make any further comments."

Ward appeared in Montgomery court on Tuesday without a lawyer. His bond was set at $25,000. He faces a maximum of five years in prison for each count brought against him.

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