Former NBA player Jay Vincent now plays basketball in prison

JJay Vincent, former NBA player still plays basketball, however behind steel doors, in prison. The U.S. Postal inspectors say his scam is now a cautionary tale about phony job offers.

Vincent sent ads all over the country for his foreclosure inspection business. He promised huge returns in an emerging industry.

“When they responded they were told they needed to obtain a background check. They could either obtain the check through his company for $89 or they could obtain it on their own,” said Erin Leipold, U.S. Postal Inspector.

But those background checks were never done. No inspectors were ever hired and the business had no contracts. Vincent was taken the fee money.

“We estimated 18,000 victims in this investigation and we calculated the loss at $1.4 million,” said Leipold.

Sheilita Griffin says she worked for Vincent answering phones. She said she did not realize it was a scheme.

In August 2010 it was revealed that an East Lansing, Michigan, company owned by Vincent was involved in a scam that defrauded about 20,000 people across the country out of more than $2 million.

On August 18, 2010, Vincent and another man were indicted by a federal grand jury on mail fraud charges stemming from conduct between 2006 and 2009. Vincent later pleaded guilty.

In July 2011 he voluntarily revoked his bond and was jailed ahead of his September 2, 2011, sentencing. Vincent is serving a five year prison sentence.

Vincent is the older brother of seven-year NBA player and former NBA coach, Sam Vincent.

A 6’7 forward, Jay Vincent played at Michigan State University under coach, Jud Heathcote, where he teamed with Magic Johnson and Greg Kelser to win the 1979 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament.

Vincent won the Big Ten scoring championship in his junior and senior years. He was then selected by the Dallas Mavericks in the second round of the 1981 NBA Draft (24th overall pick).

For his career, Vincent played for the Mavericks (1981–86), Washington Bullets (1986–87), Denver Nuggets (1987–89), San Antonio Spurs (1989), Philadelphia 76ers (1989–1990) and Los Angeles Lakers (1990).

He concluded his NBA career in 1990 with 8,729 career points, 3,167 career rebounds, and 1,124 career assists.

He spent 9 years in the NBA, appearing in 576 games (225 started), averaging 15.2 ppg, 5.5 rpg in 27 mpg.

Vincent spent his best years with the Dallas Mavericks, where he never averaged below 11 ppg for the team in 5 of his first seasons in the NBA.

His best season remained his rookie season, when he averaged 21.4 ppg and 7 rpg for the Mavs in 32.4 minutes of playing time.


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